INNOVCARE Presentation

The increase in human longevity and the aging of the population constitute a major challenge for our societies, all the more so in a context of defamiliarization, which refers to forms of solidarity between generations, outside the family, the heart of our social pact. One of the key issues concerns care for the elderly, who are facing a loss of autonomy.
Faced with these issues, a double trend can be observed. On the one hand, the question of long-term care is becoming a public policy issue, which is gradually being taken into account by social protection systems. On the other hand, the issue of long-term care has become a privileged area for the application of new technologies, in the spirit of promoting a “silver economy”. In this context, Japan is often cited as an example with the use of personal robotics in specialized institutions or at home, which seem to be better accepted than elsewhere.
If this contribution is recognized as a possible answer to the problems related to the loss of autonomy, it is also marked by certain limits. Our hypothesis is that this problem goes far beyond long-term care, namely the limits of the dominant innovation paradigm, which disconnects social and technological dynamics.
The methodological approach proposed in this project is therefore fundamentally multidisciplinary. To sum up, it mobilizes, around the same questioning, colleagues who are specialists in the economics and sociology of innovation, the sociology of care, the sociology of aging and the ages of life, demography, as well as specialists in public policy in the area of social protection.

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