PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON SENIORS' LIVING CONDITIONS - SUCCESSFUL CONSULTATION IN SHERBROOKE WITH 150 PARTICIPANTS



    SHERBROOKE, QC, Oct. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Minister Responsible for Seniors
Marguerite Blais continued the public hearings on seniors' living conditions
today in Sherbrooke. She was accompanied by co-chairs Sheila Goldbloom,
retired associate professor of social science at McGill University, and
Dr. Réjean Hébert, geriatrician and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health
Sciences at the Université de Sherbrooke.
    The Sherbrooke session saw 150 people participate in the consultation.
Minister Marguerite Blais was delighted with the interest shown by
Sherbrookers.
    In addition, to highlight National Sports and Physical Fitness Day on
October 5, everyone who took part in the consultation received a pedometer and
a walker's notebook. This concrete measure is another way the Government of
Québec encourages the entire population, and especially our seniors, to
develop healthy lifestyle habits and discover the benefits of regular physical
exercise.
    By the end of October, the public hearings will have travelled to
25 cities, in an effort to learn more about the situation of seniors in
relation to themes such as their social contribution, intergenerational
solidarity, finances, the contribution of family caregivers, and their
different living environments, including public and private residences and
home support.
    Those unable to attend the Sherbrooke session can obtain a list of the
cities on the tour or post their comments online at
www.consultationpublique-aines.gouv.qc.ca
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For further information:

For further information: Josianne Thériault, Press Secretary for the
Minister Responsible for Seniors, (418) 569-6417; Contact: Claire Gagnon,
Ministère de la Famille et des Aînés, (418) 643-7695

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