Senior and Healthy Aging Secretariat

New Brunswick to host next federal/provincial/territorial meeting on seniors (09/09/11)

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Sept. 11, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The next federal/provincial/territorial meeting on seniors will be hosted by New Brunswick in 2010.

Minister of State for Seniors Brian Kenny made the announcement today after attending his first ministers' conference in Edmonton, Alta. The last federal/provincial/territorial meeting for ministers responsible for seniors held in New Brunswick was in 1996. Further details on the 2010 meeting will be released at a later date.

"I'm very proud to have had the opportunity to represent our province and our seniors at the national level," Kenny said. "All provinces and territories are committed to working across and within our respective jurisdictions to support the well-being, safety and security of seniors both now and in the future."

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

"We are working to address many of these key issues in New Brunswick," Kenny said.

All levels of government have an array of programs and services that benefit seniors. Kenny said his colleagues and he recognized the need to continue exploring new opportunities and innovative ways of ensuring that, as demographics change, seniors are informed and able to access easily all the programs and benefits for which they are eligible.

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


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