Editorial: Why give up the elderly?
Annie VivieLe magazine "Coping" for people with mobility impairments and their families, edited by APF, March 2011 as "giving up their elders."
I wonder. Why "give" a place for seniors? French citizens could they not have a place in society?
Is it because the place they are known is far from sufficient? Is it because their place is the question of "living together"?
Young, old, invalid, disabled, "active" retired: the place of each query the live together.
Very basis of social ties, the "gift" leads the "gift-cons" (give-receive-go), a concept dear to the sociologist Marcel Mauss (in his text entitled "The Gift. Form and Reason for Exchange in archaic societies ").
How, in what form, people get older they can "get their place," "give back to society" of small services (if we only look at the utilitarian perspective), or thoughts, looks, smiles, creations?
People of a certain age have given when they were active (dues, designs, constructions), they now receive pensions, benefits for services of assistance and care. But every day, they are in the trade, even difficult, and this, especially when the disability occurs.
However, without the possibility of exchanges, the feeling of uselessness settled.
Useless? Would it be possible that these people actually are? And if we risked a new way of thinking?
Remain integrated, relatives, assets in an accessible environment, conducive to the expression of desires is possible.
This is one of the challenges of the "Age-Friendly Cities" developed by the WHO (World Health Organization), has built the city of Lyon.
Words are important.
So what use those old people who might have "given their place"?
"A show, especially the younger ones, that life is long" likes to remember the anthropologist Bernadette Puijalon.
A nice program, lots of projects large and small, individual and collective, that we offer today these "pioneers of old age", more and more numerous.
Listen to them.