“The strengthening of the rights of the elderly in our society to fight against ageism has become, in view of the covid-19 crisis, a necessity. We have to rebalance the way we look at aging, ”said the deputy for Loire-Atlantique, Audrey Dufeu, on Tuesday at a press conference at the National Assembly.
This bill “aiming to achieve the demographic transition to fight against ageism”, co-signed by about fifty deputies, is not yet on the parliamentary calendar, but could be studied in May as part of a reserved niche. to her group, she hoped.
France will be confronted in the coming years with a significant aging of its population. According to INSEE, in 2040, those over 65 will represent a quarter of the population.
To avoid “a war of generations”, it is necessary, according to the parliamentarian, to stop “presenting old age as a rupture, as an incapacity or a financial cost”.
The text, inspired by the conclusions of a parliamentary report that she submitted to the government in 2019, is intended to “preserve our society from ageist, discriminating drifts”, she presented.
In school programs
It comprises sixteen articles of law to “strengthen the rights of the elderly”, “prepare society for the demographic transition” and “improve their representation in society”. Thus, Audrey Dufeu proposes in particular to organize a national conference on the elderly every three years or to provide for the possibility for beneficiaries of the personalized autonomy allowance (APA) or the disability compensation benefit (PCH) of request the support of a third party to assert their rights.
In addition, she advocates for the inclusion of demographic transition and longevity in school programs, and to encourage television channels to offer programs that respect a more realistic perception of longevity, by strengthening the supervisory powers of the Council. superior of the audiovisual sector.
In a press release, the Association of Directors at the Service of the Elderly (AD-PA), which has been working against ageism for several years, welcomed this initiative, insisting however on “the necessary implementation of the great promised autonomy law. by President Macron ”, repeatedly postponed and eagerly awaited by a sector hard hit by the crisis.
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