“There are three phases of life: robustness, i.e. people like you and me, who are completely independent either cognitively or physically; frailty, during which we start to have slight problems in carrying out actions and thinking about certain subjects; and then we reach dependency”, explains Dr Homehr, President of the South Toulouse CPTS and expert in digital health.
In 2060, loss of independence will affect 2.45 million people in France, compared to 1.6 million in 2030.
“The ageing of our population raises a […] challenge, […] namely that of old age, of dependence, a subject that makes us uncomfortable. Dependency is here to stay, and this new vulnerable age of life is taking hold”, said French President Emmanuel Macron in a speech to the Congress of the Mutualité Française in 2018.
Falls are the leading cause of accidental death in people aged over 65.
Every year, 9,300 people over the age of 65 die following a fall, and half of these accidents occur in the home.
Adapting the home can help prevent them. The aim is to remove items that may cause difficulties in daily life in the home.
When the national heatwave plan is activated, action must be taken to prevent and limit the effects of the heatwave on people’s health.
In residential establishments for dependent elderly people (EHPAD), in establishments accommodating elderly people (EHPA) (retirement home, residential home), and in long-term care units, the monitoring and alert plan is based on the implementation of a “blue plan”.
Residents accompanied by EHPAD staff must then adopt the good habits regularly broadcast by the Regional Health Agencies: drink about 1.5L of water per day, spend time in a cool place, eat a sufficient amount.