Feb. 26, 2009
FREDERICTON CNB) - A seniors' forum to help the province further its plans to promote wellness and active living among New Brunswick seniors will be hosted today in Fredericton by the Senior and Healthy Aging Secretariat.
"A round table discussion with key stakeholders will help us develop, reach out and share our message with seniors around New Brunswick," said Minister of State for Seniors Brian Kenny. "We will be working to identify concrete and affordable actions to promote wellness and active living for the province's aging population. It is a key component of our long-term-care strategy, Be Independent Longer."
Kenny said that in 20 years New Brunswick's seniors population will almost double, placing greater demands on the long-term-care system and adding to the rising cost of health care.
"Our goal is to encourage our seniors to take charge of their health for improved quality of life, a stronger population and a more self-sufficient province," said Kenny. "Healthy, active seniors are happier and able to contribute to their families, their communities, and their own independence and well-being far into their later years. They are setting the pace for a sustainable long-term-care system."
The forum will be held at the Delta Fredericton, 225 Woodstock Rd. The sessions will be led by Madeleine Trenouth, a facilitator, former teacher and retired civil servant. About 30 representatives from 13 provincial organizations that deal with seniors' issues have been invited to participate.
MEDIA CONTACT: Judy Cole, communications, Senior and Healthy Aging Secretariat, 506-444-3522.