The AGES Foundation and the HABITATS Movement mobilized for the well-being, health and autonomy of seniors – Vingt55

The AGES Foundation and the HABITATS Movement mobilized for the well-being, health and autonomy of seniors – Vingt55
The AGES Foundation and the HABITATS Movement mobilized for the well-being, health and autonomy of seniors – Vingt55

The organization specializing in social geriatrics has set itself the goal of training, by 2031, 25,000 sentinels across Quebec in order to prevent loss of autonomy among seniors.

“Our vision has always been that seniors are a force for our society and that maintaining good health is an essential condition for their full civic and social participation. With more than 25% of Quebec’s population soon to be aged 65 and over, the State cannot do everything all the time. Social innovation and geriatrics are part of the solution,” says Dr Stéphane Lemire, founding president of the AGES Foundationwho believes that we undervalue the contribution that seniors and their loved ones can make to meet the challenges of demographic aging.

A three-step program

If the AGES Foundation is known for the establishment in recent years of social geriatric teams in collaboration with community organizations and health establishments to strengthen support at home, it also offers the population various tools to obtain information and act directly in their communities, like its new online platform Acting for Aging Well launched this winter.

It is in this context that she is launching a three-step mobilization: 1. get information to fully understand aging and know how to prevent loss of autonomy, 2. act in prevention by taking simple actions or by referring to resource people in the community and 3. mobilize your community around a project by and for seniors. By 2031, the AGES Foundation and its partners wish to mobilize 25,000 people in all regions of Quebec to contribute to maintaining the autonomy and greater social participation of seniors in their communities.

The fourth Forum on Social Geriatrics was an opportunity for the AGES Foundation to announce a partnership with Un et un font mille aimed at supporting, deploying and improving the activities of the HABITATS Movement, which has at its center a question: How do we want to do we live in our old age? HABITATS was imagined by the artist François Grisé in the wake of his documentary theater piece All inclusivespeaking about the reality of seniors and aging people, but above all about our collective lack of imagination and the urgency to act in the face of a situation that requires major citizen involvement.

“Our association with the AGES Foundation is natural, because our visions are very similar and completely complementary. We want to raise awareness and mobilize citizens directly in their communities. We believe that seniors can be a force of vitality and development for their communities. This is why we have created different vehicles for this expression, notably the HABITATS Movement interforums, which will be deployed in 7 new communities,” says Mr. François Grisé, director and founder of Un et Un fait mille.

“The interforums are groups for creating innovative and local initiatives by and for seniors. The process, led by Un et un font mille and supported by the Québec Age-Friendly program, allows for the emergence of possible solutions that meet the needs and aspirations of seniors for their neighborhood, their city, their region. We are therefore actively looking for interested parties and groups of citizens to form and put these groups into action from the fall of 2024,” adds Mr. Grisé.

Individuals or organizations interested in hosting or participating in an interforum of the 2024 cohort of the HABITATS Movement can obtain information on the Un et un font mille website.

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