In Quebec City, this community has created an urban village to recreate local relationships. Several times a week, the inhabitants of "Cohabitat Québec" find themselves, all generations combined, around good food, gardening and other "chores". Incredible friendships are born between the older ones, the "wise apprentices", and their young neighbors.
"I'm often asked, 'What do you do to prevent people from running away?' First thing, people have to go out. If you go out every day, you will not want to run away! Second, you have to want to stay. " In Trois-Rivière, Quebec, Carpe Diem House welcomes people who have Alzheimer's disease or a related disease, focusing on people's abilities. In this large wooden house, it is difficult to recognize who is sick and who is not.
"If we could increase our life expectancy by 40 years, it would be extraordinary." We met Eric Verdin, C.E.O. of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, the first independent research center dedicated exclusively to research on aging. We have discovered that nutrition and exercise are key to slowing down the aging process, but its 200 transdisciplinary researchers are also experimenting with other approaches (molecule research, regenerative medicine) to delay the onset of age-related diseases and increase the number of healthy years of life. The prospects for this scientific progress only increase the need to rethink the role of so-called "elderly" people in society.
At 96, Betty Reid Soskin is the oldest Park Ranger in the United States. She works at Rosie the Riveter National Historical Park, the symbol of women's emancipation during the Second World War. She told us why she did not identify with the triumphant story of this feminist icon. While Rosie broke the barriers for white women of the twentieth century in the labor market, black women like Betty and her slave ancestors were already working as laborers for centuries. Every day, the ranger gives lectures in Richmond, where she includes in the official story the forgotten sections of that time.
Portraits of elderly around the world
Those who act
Those who act to strenghten the link between generations
Meeting the elderly all over the world
1 month, 1 country. In each country, a series of episodes to talk about aging in more positive way.