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Moncton seniors’ needs identified


April 15, 2013

MONCTON – Over 285 Moncton seniors participated in the survey launched in the spring of 2012 by the Mayor’s Seniors Advisory Committee (MSAC), in collaboration with researchers from Université de Moncton and Mount Allison University.
 
“I’m pleased to see that overall, our seniors are satisfied with the services offered by the City of Moncton, and we’ll certainly be taking their comments and suggestions to heart,” said Moncton Mayor George LeBlanc. “I commend the dedication of the Advisory Committee, as well as Dr. Odette Gould (Mount Allison) and Dr. Suzanne Dupuis-Blanchard (Université de Moncton) to helping us turn Moncton into and age-friendly community.”
 
Louise Gilbert, Chair of the MSAC, explained: “The MSAC acts as a liaison between citizens and City Council, and our committee has been around for nearly 10 years now. The feedback received will help us establish our priorities for the years to come.”
 
The survey focused on relevant themes, as identified by the World Health Organization’s Global Age-Friendly Cities project (2006): Outdoor spaces and buildings, Transportation, Housing, Social participation, Respect and social inclusion, Civic participation and employment, and Communication and information.
 
Survey highlights include:

  • Sidewalk snow removal was identified as a barrier to accessing outdoor spaces and barriers;
  • Social/cultural activities of interest to seniors seem to be lacking;
  • Government offices and retail stores should study the possibility of providing telephone services with a human touch;
  • For maximum broadcast impact of community information to seniors, efforts should be focused on newspapers, television, church bulletins, the internet and radio. 

It can be noted that though many suggestions were not relevant to municipal jurisdiction, such as subsidized housing (NB Dept of Social Development), requests for senior-friendly services in the form of discounts or special hours (retail industry), or providing in-home health services (NB Dept. of Health), the MSAC has committed to providing this information to the relevant stakeholders and, when appropriate, engage in dialogue. 
 
The report can be found online at Moncton.ca/residents/seniors, or is available upon request (856-4343 or seniors@moncton.ca).
 


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Media Contact:
 
Nicole O. Melanson
Communications Officer
City of Moncton
506-383-6214 / Nicole.melanson@moncton.ca