FAM DEBATES
SOCIETY & AGEING
CHAPTER 5: END OF LIFE ANXIETY

05/10/2020

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

To fulfill its mission, the FAM has notably chosen to organize debates open to the public and the media and directly relayed to the public authorities, based on publications or scientific communications of excellence. 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 recognized at the Academy of Medicine.

The FAM is following up on its presentation in June 2019 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 and Ageing” which addresses 5 topics: Demographics and the Economy, Falls, Sensory Disorders and Public Policy, Taking Care of Yourself and Not Being Afraid of Other People’s Views, The Contribution of New Technologies, End-of-Life Anxiety. These topics are treated by academics with sociologists, philosophers, architects, representatives of patient associations, startups and companies; and are coordinated by Professor Jean-Pierre Michel, geriatrician, academic and Chairman of the working group that produced the report on aging made by SAPEA for the European Union. These debates will be followed by a call for associative projects in 2021 to act in the field with the beneficiaries.

CHAPTER 5 : END OF LIFE ANXIETY

This debate discussed with psychiatrist, sociologists, theologians, doctors and patient representatives, the questions of accompaniment, the place and role of caregivers, spirituality, assisted suicide, but also palliative care and pain treatment, with the subject, fundamental, of accepting death, at the center of this debate.

Thanks to the Pr Jean-François Mattei (President of the French Academy of Medicine), Pr Jean-Pierre Michel (President of the working group that produced the SAPEA report on aging for the European Union), Serge Guérin (sociologist), Dr Laure Copel (head of the palliative care unit of the Diaconesses), Catherine Vincent (journalist at the Monde), Véronique Chatel (co-founder of the magazine Aider), Pr Alain Serrie (president of the NGO Douleurs sans frontières), Pr Robert Moulias (past President of the SFGG), Pr Frédéric Limosin (Head of Department Psychiatry Corentin-Celton Hospital), Elio Volpolini (Buddhist monk), Mohammed Azizi (Imam of the APHP), Gabriel Farhi (Rabbi, Jewish Chaplain of the APHP), Jean-Marie de Bourqueney (pastor), Marie-Dominique Trébuchet (Director of the Higher Institute of Religious Sciences).

Proceedings and summary of the  debate soon.

The whole debate

Interview of Serge Guérin

Interview of Véronique Chatel

Interview of Jean-Marie de Bourqueney

Interview of Elio Volpolini

Interview of the Pr Jean-Pierre Michel

Interview of Marie-Dominique Trébuchet

Interview of Gabriel Farhi

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