Senior and Healthy Aging Secretariat

Three community resource centres for seniors to be established (09/10/20)

NB 1607

Oct. 20, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Three community resource centres for seniors are being established in the province through a partnership with L'Association des universités du troisième âge du Nouveau-Brunswick.

The announcement was made today by Minister of State for Seniors Brian Kenny during Active Living Week for Seniors in New Brunswick.

"Through this new partnership, community-based services are being expanded to assist seniors in Dieppe, Campbellton and Caraquet," said Kenny. "Seniors in these regions will now have access to more information and services to help them be healthy, active and live independently for as long as possible."

The new centres will open in early 2010. The Senior and Healthy Aging Secretariat is providing $45,000 to help fund the project. The centres will be open for weekly activities at L'Auberge du Soleil in Dieppe, the Golden Age Club of Caraquet, and the Friendship Club in Campbellton.

"The implementation of these community resource centres for seniors comes at a good time," said Willie Lirette, president of L'Association des universités du troisième âge du Nouveau Brunswick. "It is extremely important that seniors are well-informed about the need to maintain good health to ensure independence and long life. We are pleased to partner with the province on this initiative."

Community resource centres provide access to information on healthy lifestyles, illness prevention, disease management, and program eligibility. They also provide services such as foot-care clinics, blood-pressure clinics, and caregiver workshops for family members.

The establishment of community resource centres is part of the provincial government's long-term-care strategy, Be Independent. Longer., which builds on the foundation of health and wellness promotion, support for families, and assistance to help seniors live independently in their communities for as long as possible.

L'Association des universités du troisième âge du Nouveau-Brunswick is an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of older people who want to continue contributing to society by sharing the knowledge and experience they have accumulated.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Judy Cole, communications, Senior and Health Aging Secretariat, 506-444-3522; Willie Lirette, L'Association des universités du troisième âge du Nouveau-Brunswick, 506-382-2835.

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