Government of New Brunswick

"The seniors groups have demonstrated a commitment to work with us to develop progressive policies and to find efficiencies so that we can improve the quality of life for our seniors while addressing our financial challenges as a province. By working together, we will overcome these challenges.”

Premier Brian Gallant
09 September 2015

In September of 2015, following a commitment from seniors groups to work together to develop a sustainable aging strategy and to find efficiencies and improve the quality of care in New Brunswick, the provincial government committed to create a Council on Aging.  The Co-Chairs and the members of the Council on Aging were selected after an application process that resulted in more than one hundred New Brunswickers offering their time and expertise. 

The Council is eager for stakeholders to be a partner in designing a strategy for aging that will help provide the best sustainable care for seniors and keep them in their own homes longer.  The strategy will serve as the foundation for a framework that will guide all action on issues affecting seniors and the aging experience in New Brunswick.

The Council remains committed to hearing from stakeholder organizations.  If you would like to submit your ideas, please email the Council at councilonaging@gnb.ca.

 

  • The Council on Aging will consider your submissions as part of its public consultation process.
  • Your submission may be made public as part of reports developed in the review. Your personal information, such as your name and address, will NOT be released.

 

The Council on Aging began their work in March 2016 and wanted to hear from stakeholder groups early in their mandate.  More than seventy (70) stakeholder groups were invited to submit their views on:

  • what they feel is working well and what is not working well in New Brunswick with respect to healthy aging;  
  • how their organization contributes and/or what obstacles prevent a greater contribution; and
  • what their top priorities are for improving the aging experience in New Brunswick. 

They were also invited to attend an interactive session with the Council on Aging on April 25, 2016. Over 40 different stakeholder organizations attended and participated in solution-focused exercises to assist the Council.

 

  

What’s working well:
  • New Brunswick boasts a deep sense of community and strong informal caregiver links of family, friends, neighbours and communities that support individuals to remain healthy at home
  • Home supports, clinical care, and assessment services provided to seniors in their homes work well
  • Volunteer community service providers give seniors an opportunity to make meaningful contributions
  • Home First strategy is working well at coordinating services for seniors
 
What’s NOT working well
  • Disconnect between policies and engagement with families and communities
  • No planning for senior years, including death
  • Difficult for families to navigate the different systems.  Each system has a different file on the senior.
  • There are not enough supports or resources for both professional and informal caregivers.
  • Retention of volunteer and paid caregivers is challenging.
  • Families are overwhelmed by the needs of their senior loved ones.
  • It is difficult to get supports for caregivers in rural parts of the province.
  • Availability of seniors programs  varies throughout the province.
  • Aging is treated as a disease and not a stage of life.

 

Priorities for an aging strategy:
  • Keep seniors in their home as long as possible.
  • Provide comprehensive, individualized home care support.
  • Promotion of healthier lifestyle for seniors to prevent health issues later on in life.
  • Age friendly communities for seniors to  educate and participate in wellness activities.
  • Empower New Brunswickers to take responsibility for their health as they age.
  • Cost Effective services for seniors.
  •  Focus on economic and population growth to encourage children of seniors to stay in the province to help support their aging parents.