ALCOA Newsletter May 2012
Manitoba Lotteries 55 Plus Games: Going Strong With ALCOA-MB
We have reached the 800 participant mark with more registrations expected so we have already surpassed the numbers from last year. ALCOA-MB is very pleased because this is the first year ALCOA-MB has coordinated the program and we have managed to improve upon the numbers from the previous year’s event in Steinbach. Older adults, ranging in age from 55 to 91 will converge on Arborg from June 12 – 14th to live life to the fullest through participation in the 2012 Manitoba Lotteries 55 Plus Games.
Even if you have not registered for this year’s Manitoba Lotteries 55 Plus Games, plan a short trip to Arborg (only one hour drive from Winnipeg) and witness first hand the fun and games and friendly competition that brings older Manitobans together from all across the Province. You will be able to try some of the free showcase events, free seminars and perhaps be motivated to participate in future events. Join us on Tuesday, June 12th for a special walk to raise awareness for the prevention of elder abuse as a lead up to WEADD (World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which is being recognized world-wide on Friday, June 15th).
There are still opportunities to participate as a volunteer by contacting Karyn Heidrick at 261-9257 or toll-free: 1-855-261-9257 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Whatever you do at the Games, please SMILE because ALCOA-MB with support from the Seniors and Healthy Aging Secretariat, has teamed up with the Seven Oaks School Division’s EDGE Program (Extended Day Group Education) to engage middle school and high school students in an intergenerational project entitled “Capturing Active Aging”. A bus load of students under the supervision of a photography teacher will be snapping pictures that capture vibrant older Manitobans in action. The students will also be interviewing the Manitoba Lotteries 55 Plus Games participants to create a bank of images and stories that will help encourage many other Manitobans (younger and older) to change the way they think about aging.