New Horizons funding announcement: Decreasing internalized ageism

On May 16, 2022 the Centre on Aging hosted the Honourable Kamal Khera, Minister of Seniors, Government of Canada, at the University of Manitoba where she announced that the Centre on Aging was one of the recipients that was awarded funding from the New Horizons for Seniors Program. The New Horizons program included $61 million in funding for more than 3000 community-based projects across Canada. 

Prior to the announcement, members of the Manitoba Seniors Coalition met briefly with Minister Khera and to take some photos. Addressing the audience, were Centre Director, Dr. Michelle Porter; Dr. Annemike Farenhorst (Associate Vice-President Research, University of Manitoba); and Minister Khera, who highlighted the important research conducted at the Centre on Aging and the need to combat ageism. 

Partnering with community organizations, the Centre will be using this funding to develop an intervention aimed at decreasing internalized ageism and its potentially detrimental effects among older adult community members. 

We are sincerely thankful to the Honourable Kamal Khera and the Government of Canada for making this project possible. The archived announcement, can be viewed on the Seniors in Canada Facebook page.

—Dallas Murphy, Student Research Assistant, Centre on Aging

  • Drs. Farenhorst and Porter stand beside Minister Khera in front of two banners at the New Horizons funding announcement on May 16.
  • Seven University of Manitoba and senior organization community members stand between two banners and a podium at the New Horizons funding announcement.

Speaker series

The Centre on Aging hosts a Speaker Series, which regularly is held from October to March during the academic year.

Thank you to all those who joined us over the academic year. The Speaker Series will recommence in Fall 2022.

As part of the Centre on Aging's outreach to the community, the Centre hosts a Speaker Series, which gives our Research Affiliates an opportunity to share insights into their academic research in aging related fields and discuss current issues.

A goal of this series is to strengthen interdisciplinary research in health and aging.
The Speaker Series is free to attend and all are welcome.

Online presentations

While we are unable to meet in person, the Centre will be offering presentations online. Meetings are hosted via the WebEx platform and registration is required to participate.

Past presentations

“It was always done, generation after generation” – Informal Caring in Red River Métis

Julianne Sanguins, PhD, Research Program Manager, Health & Wellness Department, Manitoba Métis Federation; Assistant Professor, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Community Health Sciences; Adjunct Scientist, Manitoba Centre for Health Policy

In the past, Métis households were multi-generational hence caregivers were readily available. Today that is less frequently the case. This community-based participatory research conducted by the Manitoba Métis Federation and the University of Manitoba explored the experiences of informal (unpaid) Métis caregivers of Métis seniors to identify their roles and experiences, their existing social and economic supports, and the type of support needed. This presentation will focus on the experiences of the informal caregivers.

Promoting elder health and wellness: A Lake Manitoba First Nation and College of Rehabilitation Sciences partnership

Team: Cara Brown, Lawrence West, Cheryl Parkes, Debra Beach-Ducharme, Jacquie Ripat , Sandra Webber, Maya Kirstein, Corrine Clyne, Sam Carriere, Jen Schreibmaier, Mikayla Gibb, Christina Keeper, Lake Manitoba elders

Kiga mamo anokimin onji minoayawin (Anishanaabe for “We will work together for health and wellness”) is a partnership between the College of Rehabilitation Sciences (CoRS) and several Manitoban First Nation communities. This presentation will describe one project in this partnership in Lake Manitoba First Nation, funded by the Canadian Frailty Network. The focus of the project was to promote elder (older adult) health, with a focus on physical health. We will describe the project’s process to date. This includes the co-design process for the development of the project, program implementation that promoted reciprocal learning between physical and occupational therapy students and community elders, the perceived impact of the program, and plans for promoting sustainability of community physical heath.

Fountain of youth? A look at Extracellular vesicles (EVs) in aging and frailty

Ayesha Saleem, PhD, Principal Investigator, Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management

Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are nanoparticles, as small as or even smaller than the coronavirus that shut down the world in 2020. EVs are versatile—they can serve as critical biomarkers of several chronic diseases, as well as execute cellular cross talk by modulating recipient cell function upon uptake. They have important roles in both physiology and pathology. This presentation will discuss recent published findings, as well as exciting data from our lab on the role of EVs in rescuing markers of cellular aging, and summarize their efficacy as rheostats of frailty.

Teaching and learning Indigenous history while on a run: A senior’s perspective

Brian Rice, PhD Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management

The purpose of this presentation is to take you on my life journey from heavy smoker and drinker in my teens and early twenties, incapable of walking a couple of miles, to being stronger and fit in my sixties than in my twenties. 

Dr. Rice is a member of the Mohawk Nation. He has been a teacher and is currently a professor in Kinesiology and Recreation Management, teaching Indigenous focused courses for 33 years. Over those years he has made physical conditioning a part of his life.

Centre on Aging student awards presentations

Student award recipients and STAR presenters Join the Centre on Aging as we recognize the Centre on Aging student award and the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba Fellowship recipients at a special presentation. The award recipients will be provided with time to give a short presentation about their research. Immediately following the awards, members of the Students Targeting Aging Research (STAR) group will briefly present their current aging research. 

Manitoba Law Reform Commission: Elder abuse and neglect in Manitoba

Stefanie Goldberg, Legal Counsel, Manitoba Law Reform Commission
Elizabeth McCandless, Director and Legal Counsel, Manitoba Law Reform Commission

The Manitoba Law Reform Commission released a consultation paper on Elder Abuse and Neglect in Manitoba ( in Summer 2021, to put the focus on elder abuse in Manitoba, and to see how this province can do better to protect older persons who are at risk. The goal of the initial Paper is to provide contextual information to readers on the state of affairs in Manitoba with respect to elder abuse, and to begin the process of identifying the major areas of concern in Manitoba with respect to the study, prevention, treatment, and rectification of the abuse and neglect of older adults. 
Stefanie Goldberg and Elizabeth McCandless will present information from the paper, with additional time for the audience to share feedback on the paper.

How to use WebEx

If you're new to using the WebEx platform, we have put together some information to assist you with using the program. The Troubleshooting section lists several videos currently available on YouTube showing a step-by-step overview on how to use WebEx for beginners, on Android and Apple devices.

Available for download is the complete document, or stand alone sections for reference.

Special event

Centre on Aging discussion: Input on LTC standards draft

March 18, 2022

The Centre on Aging will be hosting an informal session on providing input on the draft Canadian standards for long-term care.

At this session you can hear about the two different standards that are in a draft stage, and learn about how you can provide input. 
Reference: HSO’s National Long-Term Care Services Standard 

National long-term care services standard consultation workshop

October 7, 2021

The Health Standards Organization (HSO) hosted town halls and conducted a public survey from March to July 2021 that informed the development of a workbook to capture important information on defining the type of care and services Canadians want to see provided in long-term care homes. Join the Centre on Aging for a consultation workshop to guide discussions on the development of HSO’s new National Long-Term Care Services Standard:

Community workshops

To see reports associated with past events of the Centre on Aging visit our Publications page.

Teaching older adults in university courses

May 18, 2022

The age-friendly university (AFU) movement encourages universities to engage older people in all aspects of the university. Importantly, as an AFU we are encouraged to ensure that there are good opportunities for lifelong learning and inter-generational engagement. One way to engage older people and provide inter-generational opportunities is through for-credit courses that are already offered. 

The Centre on Aging hosted a workshop, where faculty from the University of Manitoba and Brandon University shared their perspectives on teaching older adults in University courses.