Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

September 27, 2010 08:03 ET

Minister of State Ablonczy Helps Raise Awareness at the Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health Conference

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 27, 2010) - Today, the Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State (Seniors), spoke at the 4th National Conference of the Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health. She applauded the vital role experts play in informing the public on issues affecting seniors' mental health. She also noted the importance of joining together to encourage healthy lifestyle choices.

"Mental illness is something that affects the lives of many Canadians. As our population ages the number of those with illnesses such as dementia is expected to increase dramatically," said Minister of State Ablonczy. "That is why it is essential that we continue to dialogue, share ideas, and further our research. Conferences of this nature are important tools in educating not only the public, but also policy makers, of the importance of living healthy and active lives."

"It is important for our members to know that the federal government understands the vital need to ensure that seniors' mental health is considered a key Canadian health and wellness issue," said Kimberley Wilson, Executive Director of the Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health. "Minister of State Ablonczy's attendance here today affirmed that belief."

The Minister of State highlighted several federal government investments in mental health research, such as the creation of the Mental Health Commission in 2007. The Commission is to be the focal point for a national approach to mental health issues and for diminishing the stigma and discrimination faced by Canadians living with mental illness. The Government also made a $40 million investment to support the groundbreaking 20 year Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging.

The Government of Canada provides many programs that help seniors maintain a high quality of life and support social participation and independent living. These include the New Horizons for Seniors Program, the Federal Elder Abuse Initiative, and financial assistance for low-income households, including seniors' households, to assist with home modifications and adaptations.

For more information on the Government of Canada's programs and services for seniors please visit

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Contact Information

  • Office of Minister of State Ablonczy
    Heather Hume
    Communications Advisor
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office