Michèle Delaunay, French Junior Minister for the Elderly and Dependant Care, was in Québec on a fact-finding visit from November 28 to 30. The purpose of her trip was to explore good practices in the area of seniors’ autonomy and consider ways to adapt to an ageing population.
She was accompanied by Martine Pinville, member of the French National Assembly for Charente and Secretary of the National Assembly’s Social Affairs Committee. The mission was part of the efforts leading up to the drafting of a bill on seniors’ autonomy, as announced by President François Hollande.
Minister Delaunay met with Réjean Hébert, Québec Minister of Health and Social Services and Minister responsible for Seniors, as well as people responsible for administering various policies and programs related to demographic changes (including a 2012-2017 action plan called Vieillir et vivre ensemble). The French delegation also stopped by community organizations, where they discovered novel initiatives aimed at building bridges between generations, and met with researchers at the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ), the Centre d’excellence sur le vieillissement de Québec (CEVQ) and the Institut sur le vieillissement et la participation sociale (IVPS), to discuss the importance of prevention, with a view to helping people stay active and healthy as they get older.
The population of France, like that of Québec, is ageing. Driven by factors such as longer life expectancies, this demographic phenomenon is a major challenge for public authorities. The French government is currently preparing a piece of legislation on seniors’ autonomy, under the leadership of Minister Delaunay. In this context, the French Prime Minister has assigned an international, comparative fact-finding mission to MNA Martine Pinville. The conclusions of her study should be available by the end of 2012.
Given the importance of issues related to ageing, Québec and France have expressed their desire to collaborate more closely in the area of seniors.
Ministère de la Santé et des Service sociaux du Québec
Relations between Québec and France