Pilot project with the Government of New Brunswick will focus on helping seniors to be active, live safely and enjoy good health
MONCTON, NB, June 25, 2018 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of addressing the needs of this growing and diverse population. Canada's
Today, at the YMCA of Greater Moncton, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, and Brian Gallant, Premier of New Brunswick, announced the launch of the Healthy Seniors Pilot Project. As announced in Budget 2018, the Government of Canada will invest $75 million in this project to fund a range of applied research initiatives.
This project will help to improve understanding of the impacts of aging on our population, including the different challenges faced by women and men. It will focus on testing innovative solutions that support healthy aging and improve the quality of life of older adults. This includes ensuring that seniors are able to live safely in their homes, improving social and built environments, reducing health inequalities through community-level approaches, and encouraging healthy lifestyles.
This pilot project will provide useful information for provincial and territorial governments as well as stakeholders across the country on how to better support seniors in their homes, communities and care facilities.
"We are pleased to be working with the province of New Brunswick on this pilot project, which will provide valuable information on how best to help Canadians live well as they age. This project will also lay the groundwork for informing national solutions that can improve the quality of life for Canada's older population."
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas TaylorMinister of Health
"New Brunswick's aging strategy focuses on keeping seniors as healthy as possible and supporting our seniors to remain independent longer while offering them nursing home care if they need it. This investment will spur many important research projects that will foster healthy aging and innovative support for New Brunswick seniors."
Brian GallantPremier of New Brunswick
"Ensuring that seniors have the opportunities, environments and supports needed to live safely and securely in their homes and communities is integral to healthy aging. This pilot project will provide important insights and information on initiatives and innovations to meet the diverse and changing needs of seniors across Canada."
Dr. Theresa TamChief Public Health Officer of Canada
Associated LinksNew Brunswick Department of Social Development New Brunswick Department of Health
SOURCE Health Canada
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