France in focus

France grapples with how best to care for its senior citizens

FRANCE IN FOCUS
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By: Haxie MEYERS-BELKIN Follow | Stéphanie CHEVAL | Sonia BARITELLO
14 min

Here in France, the average life expectancy is going up, while the proportion of people aged over 65 is also rising steadily. While some older people can live independently for years, others with more complex needs often choose to live in a retirement home. We discuss the increasingly pressing question of housing and care options available to senior citizens with Serge Guérin, sociologist and retirement specialist. We also look at a groundbreaking initiative to bridge the gap between generations.