Concerns about one’s personal safety are natural, however, for older adult newcomers those concerns seem to have been amplified recently. Incidents involving street safety, online safety, safety in their home and motor vehicle safety have been on the rise recently and caused many older adult newcomers to feel unsafe in their new country. In response to those concerns A & O: Support Services for Older Adults with funding from New Horizons for Seniors will be hosting a Senior Immigrant Safety Expo on November 8, 9 and 10, 2021. The event coincides with National Seniors’ Safety Week November 6 to 12, 2021. Due to Covid-19 concerns the event will be held online over zoom.
The event will have presentations on topics such as street safety, water safety, driving safety, elder abuse awareness, falls prevention, frauds and scams prevention just to name a few. Presentations by the Winnipeg Police Service, Consumer Protection Office and Canadian Red Cross will be scheduled throughout the day to share important safety information.
Older adult newcomers in Winnipeg will be the target audience for the expo, however, the general public and service providers are welcome to attend. We hope that by attending the event older adult newcomers will have an increased awareness of safety issues in the community and a better understanding of how to keep themselves safe. They will learn from experts how to stay safe as pedestrians, while driving, in their homes, online and in the community.
A & O’s Senior Immigrant Settlement Services strives to support older adult newcomers and make their settlement journey a bit easier. The program offers a wide range of settlement services for newcomers 55 years of age and over.