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Social Issues Overview (March 2012)

Social Issues Overview (March 2012)


Each month the Department of Social Affairs at the Centre d'analyse stratégique offers a selection of information, innovation and experimentation from abroad.

This overview does not suggest that implementation of these policies would necessarily be relevant in a French domestic context. It consists of subjective choices made by staff members of the department as part of their research and their meetings. It can spark interest, caution or rejection. The goal is first and foremost to help steer the debate on the future of our social model.

  • March's topic of interest: Switzerland
In Wiedlisbach in Switzerland a contractor has obtained permission to create a village of hospice for patients with Alzheimer's or other neurodegenerative disorders. The project involves building a village based on 1950s models so that these patients, who generally retain clear memories of the past, can operate in a safe environment. Housing and medical care will be provided to 150 people in 23 buildings designed to recreate an atmosphere of yesteryear. The doors will not be closed and residents are free to move. However, they cannot leave the village. To bolster a “normal” atmosphere, nurses must dress up as gardeners, hairdressers or traders. In 2009, a similar approach was undertaken in the Netherlands, but not without controversies within the psychogeriatric field. Residents pay 5000 euros a month to live in a world of illusions.
Source: International Courier , 03/02/12

  • You can naturally add to this overview by sending any information you consider relevant to the following contact: Sylvain Lemoine, Head of the Department of Social Affairs:


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