FAM DEBATES SOCIETY & AGEING CHAPTER 2: FALLS, SENSORY DISTURBANCES AND PUBLIC POLICIES

In creating its Foundation, the French Academy of Medicine wished to place at the service of society as a whole its unique ability to bring together, on essential health and social issues and around the best French and international experts, all the administrative, political, medical, scientific, economic and associative stakeholders.

In order to fulfil its mission, the FAM has chosen to organise debates open to the public and the media and directly relayed to the public authorities, based on excellent scientific publications or communications. In addition to their level, these debates are distinguished from other events of the same type by the benefit of the institutional status and the guarantees of credibility and ethics that are recognised at the Academy of Medicine.

The FAM is following up on its presentation last June of the SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) report on the future of ageing in Europe and its care, to launch a cycle of 5 debates on the situation in France entitled “Society & Ageing” which will address 5 topics:
Demographics and the economy, Falls, sensory disturbances and public policy, Taking care of yourself and not being afraid of other people’s eyes, The contribution of new technologies, End-of-life anxiety.

These topics will be discussed by academics with sociologists, philosophers, architects, representatives of patient associations, stratups and companies … These debates will be followed by a call for associative projects in 2020 to deal with the subject.

 

SECOND DEBATE : FALLS, SENSORY DISTURBANCES AND PUBLIC POLICIES

 

Falls among seniors, which affect 35% of the 65-80 age group, have significant economic, social and political consequences, often resulting in loss of independence. This second debate dealt with the causes: dizziness, hearing, sight. Then the solutions: home automation, public policies for prevention and urban planning that have a direct impact on reducing falls. This issue is all the more important as 12,000 people die every year in France from falls or their consequences.

 

Proceedings and synthesis coming soon.

Speakers: Prof. Jean-Pierre Michel, Marianne Auffret (Deputy Mayor for Urban Planning, Major Development Projects and Health, Paris 14eme), Michel Sudarskis (President of the International Association for Urban Development), Prof. Patrice Tran Ba Huy (former head of the ENT department at Lariboisière Hospital, former President of the French ENT Society), Prof. Dominique Chauvaud (Professor of Ophthalmology at Paris Descartes).

Interview of Mr Jean-Marie Dru

Interview of Mrs Dominique Chauvaud

Interview of Mrs Marianne Auffret

Interview of Pr Jean-Pierre Michel

Interview of Mr Michel Sudarskis

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Le problème n’est pas nouveau mais s’amplifie d’année en année avec le vieillissement de la population : les chutes de personnes âgées entraînent 55.000 décès par an en Europe. C’est donc un véritable cri d’alarme que lance le Professeur Jean-Pierre Michel (gériatre à Genève) à l’occasion du dernier débat du cycle « vieillissement et société » de la Fondation de l’Académie de Médecine.

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