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How to meet the challenge of old age dependency?

DECRYPTION – At the dawn of a demographic shock that will see the weight of over 85s triple by 2050, France is facing a triple social, financial and ethical challenge.

Better cared for, better nourished, less damaged by work, the French live longer. In twenty years, they have gained more than two years of life expectancy and live up to 85 years on average for women, 79 years for men. The number of centenarians, which stood at 21,000 in 2016, could soar to 270,000 in 2070… ie 13 times more! But with the arrival of the large generations from the baby boom to the “fourth age”, the number of people over 85 will triple by 2050 to reach 4.8 million people. This aging of the population makes it necessary to resize the health care system, to adapt pension schemes and to take charge of the loss of autonomy, the number of dependent elderly people having at the same time to drop from 1.3 to 2.2. millions.

Of course, not everyone is doomed to end their dependent life, but 40% of people who die today have experienced a loss of autonomy. If Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cerebrovascular accidents (CVA) are in

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