MONTREAL, Oct. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Minister Responsible for Seniors
Marguerite Blais continued the public hearings on seniors' living conditions
today in Montreal. 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 Montreal session saw nearly 300 people participate in the
consultation. Minister Marguerite Blais was delighted with the interest shown
by Montrealers, all the more so since this region boasts the highest
proportion of seniors in the province.
    "I hear the concerns of our seniors, especially concerning their
financial preoccupations. Participants have indicated that they would like
more access to home care, to seeing more multigenerational homes, and to enjoy
more respect," mentioned Minister Marguerite Blais.
    On October 29, another session will take place in the Montreal area, and
citizens can speak out between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Costa del Mare, 5605 Amos
Street in Montreal-North.
    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 Montreal session can obtain a list of the
cities on the tour or post their comments online at
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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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