Seniors and Healthy Aging Secretariat

Federal/provincial/territorial meeting on seniors to be held in Edmonton (09/09/08)

NB 1284

Sept. 8, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - A federal/provincial/territorial meeting on seniors' issues will be held in Edmonton, Alta., from Sept. 9 - 10. Minister of State for Seniors Brian Kenny will attend.

"The senior population in Canada is approaching five million," said Kenny. "Our discussions will focus on current issues affecting seniors across the country. It will be an opportunity to share ideas and identify new developments and best practices for providing programs and services for seniors, both now and in the future."

Financial security for seniors, elder abuse, positive images of aging, healthy aging, and wellness are topics on the agenda.

"During the round table, I will be highlighting the progress we are making in senior care and the key initiatives we are undertaking to provide programs and services to the growing number of New Brunswick seniors," said Kenny. "I will be outlining the emphasis we are placing on healthy aging and disease prevention through our promotion of wellness, active living and community involvement for seniors. Our home-support program is also one of the best in Canada."

Kenny said that he expects to bring back recommendations on future actions for dealing with important seniors' issues.

"I'm very proud to be representing our province and our seniors at my very first federal/provincial/territorial meeting for ministers responsible for seniors," said Kenny.

The meeting will be co-chaired by Marjory LeBreton, leader of the government in the Senate, and minister of state for seniors; and Mary Anne Jablonski, Alberta minister of seniors and community supports.

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

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