Seniors and Healthy Aging Secretariat

REVISED / Government joining two organizations to improve services for seniors (09/02/12)

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Feb. 12, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government is collaborating with two non-profit organizations to improve services for seniors. The Seniors and Healthy Aging Secretariat is joining forces with the Canadian Red Cross Society and Go Ahead Seniors Inc. of Moncton.

"I am very pleased to move forward with two important initiatives to help improve quality of life for our seniors," said Brian Kenny, minister of state for seniors and minister responsible for community non-profit organizations. "Health and wellness for our seniors and their desire to live independently are at the heart of the government's long-term care strategy. These projects will focus on healthy lifestyles for seniors and expand friendly visiting and telephone reassurance for seniors in their homes."

Go Ahead Seniors will organize 72 healthy lifestyle days, to be held throughout the province in 2009. Seniors and their caregivers will receive information about living independently through active living, wellness and disease prevention. There will also be opportunities for seniors to have their blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol checked by a health care professional.

The Canadian Red Cross will expand its friendly visiting and telephone reassurance programs in 2009. The organization will work with the New Brunswick Seniors' Federation to hold workshops, recruit volunteers and identify lonely seniors who would benefit from its services. The Canadian Red Cross will screen and train volunteers.

The secretariat has also announced that discussions will be held with l'Association acadienne et francophone des aînées et des aînés du Nouveau-Brunswick with regard to these projects and other initiatives.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Judy Cole, communications, Seniors Services, 506-444-3522.

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