Social Development / Senior and Healthy Aging Secretariat

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Jan. 27, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Investments in youth protection services, nursing home infrastructure, seniors wellness and active living programs, and support to the Overcoming Poverty Together: The New Brunswick Economic and Social Inclusion Plan are among the highlights of 2010-11 budget estimates for the Department of Social Development.

Social Development Minister Kelly Lamrock and Minister of State for Seniors Brian Kenny provided details while releasing the department's $986.7 million budget estimates.

The department's budget has grown by $61.4 million, which is an increase of 6.6 per cent.

"This budget supports young people in need," said Lamrock. "It helps seniors and those living in poverty by investing in those areas that affect New Brunswick's most vulnerable."

Highlights of the department's estimates include:

Kenny said developing initiatives for wellness and active living for seniors is an important component of Be Independent. Longer, the province's long-term care strategy.

"Investing in wellness programs helps seniors live more active, healthy and independent lives," Kenny said. "These initiatives keep seniors living in their homes and communities longer, they help to build a stronger senior population and a more sustainable long-term care system."

Among the budget highlights for seniors:

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Alison Aiton, communications, Department of Social Development, 506-444-2416; Judy Cole, communications, Senior and Healthy Aging Secretariat, 506-444-3522.

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