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Creative Retirement Manitoba Home Page

They have loads of resourecs including a listing of SCIP Senior Centres & Clubs (SeniorsCan Information Program). Wasilla senior center is part of this. Bethel is not. Other info inlcudes–

Health Line – ask medical questions, especially the proper use of drugs
Ask Great-Granny – where do grandparents and parents go for advice with family problems?
Guide to Computing- tips, glossary, components on computing
Seniors’ Home Pages is a list of the home pages of seniors on the Internet
Seniors Clubs and Centres
Seniors Job Bureaus

* All people have the right of access to education
* Lifelong learning promotes intellectual, physical, emotional and social well-being
* The well-being of individuals and the health of communities are interdependent
* Retirement presents a creative opportunity for individuals and communities
* People of all backgrounds and ages learn, grow and change
* Older people govern Creative Retirement and deliver its programs

Mission: Creative Retirement Manitoba promotes the health and well-being of individuals and communities through developing and offering innovative learning opportunities with and for older persons.

Who are we?

* Creative Retirement is a not-for-profit organization devoted to life-long learning.
* We are firm believers in mental stimulation as a major factor in good health and longevity.
* We provide interesting and informative programs for people of varied interests.
* We offer programs at affordable prices.


* To enrich retirement years with educational programs.
* To make it possible for retired individuals to continue to be productive members of society by sharing their talents and skills, by facilitating courses or by taking part in our Seniors and Students Together program.


Older People ­ a new power for development

Date: 1 Oct 2003 15:05:15 -0000

International Day of Older Persons

Why a “new power”?

A demographic revolution is underway throughout the world. Today, world-wide, there are around 600 million persons aged 60 years and over; this total will double by 2025 and will reach virtually two billion by 2050 – the vast majority of them in the developing world (see graph)

In our fast ageing world, older people will increasingly play a critical role – through volunteer work, transmitting experience and knowledge, helping their families with caring responsibilities and increasing their participation in the paid labour force.

Already now, older persons make major contributions to society. For instance, throughout Africa ­and elsewhere – millions of adult AIDS patients are cared for at home by their parents. On their death, orphaned children left behind (currently, 14 million under the age of 15 in African countries alone) are mainly looked after by their grandparents (WHO/NMH/NPH/ALC/02.12)

It is not only in developing countries that older persons’ role in development is critical. In Spain for example, caring for dependent and sick individuals (of all ages) is mostly done by older people (particularly older women); the average number of minutes per day spent in providing such care increases exponentially with the carers’ age: 201 minutes if the carer is in the age group 65-74 and 318 minutes if aged 75-84 – compared to only 50 minutes if the carer is in the age group 30-49 (Durán H, Fundación BBVA, 2002).

Such contributions to development can only be ensured if older persons enjoy adequate levels of health, for which appropriate policies need to be in place. In line with the Madrid International Plan of Action, the World Health Organization launched in 2002 a document “Active Ageing – A Policy Framework”, outlining its approaches and perspectives for healthy ageing throughout the life course.

“Ageing is a development issue. Healthy older persons are a resource for their families, their communities and the economy”

WHO Brasilia declaration on healthy ageing, 1996.

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