Next Workshop  May 17 

    When: Saturday, May 17,  1:00 - 4:30 pm
    Where:  Seine River Retirement Residence, 1015 St. Anne’s Road
    Fee: $20 to be paid at the door
    Register in advance:  Please email
"I just wanted to thank you for the workshop you presented in Brandon on April 12th.  The information you have collected and prepared is invaluable.  I have told a few of my friends about it and passed along your website.  My husband and I will also be looking at this information to be sure we are prepared in the event our boys ever have to care for us.  For me, it was also a place of support.  It was comforting to know others are in the same position and in need of support too. " 

Click here for more about the workshops

April is Caregivers' Month

April 1 is Caregiver Recognition Day in Manitoba.
Please join us as we unite to celebrate our third annual Caregiver Recognition Day and raise awareness about the irreplaceable contributions of unpaid caregivers. This year we are reaching out to rural communities and holding the provincial event in Brandon, Manitoba. This is an excellent opportunity for caregivers in Brandon and the surrounding area to learn about local and provincial services that can support them and those they care for.
  • 1:00 Doors Open – Display booths will be open
  • 2:00 Greetings from the Province
  • 2:15 Caregiving: An Emotional Journey
    Presenter: Syva-Lee Wildenmann from
    Rupert's Land Caregiver Services
  • 4:00 Event ends
Riverview Curling Club, 420 Maryland Ave. Brandon, MB

Other events recognizing and supporting Manitoba caregivers:

March 31st
Celebrating Family Caregivers: Inspiration and More
A benefit for the Heart and Stroke Foundation to promote Province’s Caregiver Recognition Day
7 :00 to 9:00 p.m. Doors Open at 6:00
Caboto Centre 1055 Wilkes Ave, Winnipeg
Free registration or phone 204-949-3234
Proceeds from the Silent Auction will support the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba

April 7th
Aging is a Family Affair. For many, retirement comes with the responsibility of caring for elderly family members. This presentation will explore both the issues of family caregiving as well as our future as aging Canadians. Presenter: Wendy Sutton
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Creative Retirement Manitoba, 270 Sherbrook St., Winnipeg (204) 949-2565
$8:00 for members $ 10:00 for non-members

April 12
Caregiving: A Family Affair
A Brandon workshop for seniors and/or their adult children. Presenter: Wendy Sutton
Caregiving is a partnership between adult children and their aging parents. This partnership works best when both are informed and involved. "I can't tell you what might happen next, but I can tell you where to find help when you need it."
Comments from past participants:
  • This is an excellent course. The instructor has a wealth of knowledge and experience with the subject, and delivers with a sense of humour. Each class has been informative and fun as well.
  • This is a program for caregivers, but also for anyone who has an aging parent. I feel empowered.
  • The work Wendy is doing is critical to both elders and their caregivers. I feel like I have a huge toolbox to help me carry on. 
1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Victoria Landing Retirement Residence, 10 Victoria Ave. East, Brandon, MB
$20 at the door
Register in advance with:
Wendy Sutton or  Victoria Landing (204) 571.6000

April 24
Caring for the Aging
A free evening seminar for women to address the issues involved in helping seniors through the years of declining health.  It will empower caregivers with tools, resources and strategies that will lighten the weight of their caring responsibilities. Presenter: Wendy Sutton
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Fort Garry Women’s Resource Centre - 1150A Waverley Street
Space is limited - Pre registration is required by calling (204) 477-1123.


Topic of The Month - It's Tax Time

Be sure to take advantage of the available tax benefits. Do not assume that you will not qualify. Check it out. Many of these benefits can be claimed for past years as well so don't despair if you did not put them on this year's claim. Click on the links for detailed information.


Primary Caregiver Tax Credit - $1,275 Refundable

Don't be scared off by this section of the log, "Types of care you personally provide to this client (list), including approximate frequency for each" Just list the tasks you do. Here are some examples:
  • Driving to doctor appointments or other services
  • Arranging or preparing meals
  • Grocery shopping
  • Assisting with home maintenance, repairs or yard work
  • Providing personal care (bathing, dressing, feeding)
  • Completing forms or documents (legal, insurance)
  • Assisting with bill payment
  • Housekeeping tasks (cleaning, laundry)
  • Assisting with medications (setup, dosing)

1. Disability Tax Credit 
 If the person you care for has difficulties with the following, they may be approved for this credit.
  • Walking - unable to walk a city block without stopping frequently to rest because of shortness of breath or pain
  • Mental Functions necessary for everyday life, self-care,  memory , problem-solving 
  • A combination of less severe impairments that together impact daily living.  
Their doctor will need to complete this form, T2201  Disability Tax Credit Certificate
  •  If one doctor says no, try another
  • If you are charged a fee to complete this form, the fee is also tax deductible
  • Ask the doctor to complete part B first and then part A
2. Eligible Medical Expenses  - did you know that incontinence products and hearing aid batteries
    are deductible?  Follow this link to look at medical exemptions.

3. Caregiver Tax Credit  – if the person you care for lives with you, with an income under $16,422 and is dependent owing to a mental or physical infirmity, you may be eligible for this credit.


Not a Caregiver?

Often we don't think of ourselves as "caregivers". We are husbands, wives, or adult children who are taking care of older family members. When you start taking on tasks that this person used to be able to do for themselves, you have become a caregiver.


Aging is a Family Affair

Caregiving is a partnership between adult children and their aging parents. This partnership works when both are informed and involved. Denial is never an effective strategy.
My mother was never a burden to me but her dementia, caused by a series of small strokes, became a burden for both of us. The reality is that as we age we will need increasing support from a family member or friend. Suddenly we can become more dependent on others than we hoped to be.
We thought we were prepared. Mom’s legal and financial affairs were in order. As it turned out we had no idea what we would need to know.
Most of what I learned over the last 7 years, I learned in a crisis and often too late to help my mom.

Can you answer the following questions?
  1. Other than a family doctor, where can you go to have a senior’s mental/physical needs assessed?
  2. What non-profit organizations in Winnipeg help seniors and their caregivers?
  3. What is the difference between assisted living, supportive living and a personal care home?
  4. Where to get a list of available housing options in Winnipeg?
  5. What is the paneling process?
  6. How long is the wait for appropriate housing?
  7. How to get home care?
  8. What services are available to help with shopping, transportation, meals, companionship etc?
  9. What is a health care directive? A medical proxy? A patient advocate?
  10. How to get respite?
  11. Who could advise you if your parent is hospital?
  12. What is an enduring power of attorney?
  13. What financial plans should you make to avoid probate?
  14. What tax deductions provide economic benefits to caregivers and those they care for?
  15. What is the Primary Caregiver Tax Credit?

You can find answers in two excellent guides published by the Manitoba Government.
Seniors and their adult children should read these guides. Remember, it's a family affair.