DORVAL, QC, Nov. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - The Minister responsible for Seniors,
Mrs. Marguerite Blais, concluded the public consultation on the living
conditions of seniors with a final session in Dorval.
This session was added to the schedule to allow for a greater number of
people to speak out. The objectives were met, as more than 200 persons
including many anglophones from the Greater Montreal Area were able to make
their voices heard. "I am thrilled at the energetic participation by members
of the anglophone community, as this will allow us to develop a more accurate
picture of the situation of seniors in Québec," commented Minister Blais.
Since the end of August, the public consultation has visited 26 cities
from all regions of Québec. This exercise has led to a better understanding of
the reality faced by seniors in areas such as their contribution to society,
intergenerational solidarity, finances, the recognition of the contribution
made by home caregivers, different living environments including public and
private residences as well as support at home.
For the final session, Minister Marguerite Blais was accompanied by
consultation Co-chair and retired Assistant Professor of Social Science at
McGill University Mrs. Sheila Goldbloom.
$500,000 to Baluchon Alzheimer's
The Minister responsible for Seniors took advantage of the conclusion of
the consultation to announce good news for home caregivers jointly with
Mr. Philippe Couillard, Ministre de la Santé et des Services sociaux. Baluchon
Alzheimer's will benefit from recurrent funding of up to $500,000. The
organization, which offers rest and home care accompaniment to families of
victims of Alzheimer's disease, will thus be in a better position to continue
and intensify its activities.
"Since the hearings began, I have listened to very touching testimony
from home caregivers. They require support to continue their work with our
vulnerable seniors. The assistance initially requested by Baluchon Alzheimer's
and announced today addresses this need. It also shows the government's
commitment to improving the day-to-day living conditions of our seniors,"
concluded Minister Marguerite Blais.
For further information:
For further information: Claire Gagnon, Ministère de la Famille et des
Aînés, (418) 643-7695; Source: Christianne Chaillé, Publicist, Minister
responsable for Seniors, (418) 646-7757