Healthy aging

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Change practices and organizations to build a society of healthy aging

Alcimed’s Innovation and Public Policy team has developed a recognized expertise in the field of healthy aging. We support our clients in their innovation projects, in understanding needs and enhancing practices for healthcare professionals, beneficiaries, relatives and caregivers.

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    The challenges related to healthy aging

    Many populations are undergoing increases in aging. For example, by 2050, France will see a large increase in its population above 60 years old due to increasing life expectancies and standards of living, and the retirement of the “baby boomer” generation. This situation makes it essential to organize adaptive prevention measures – both for preserving quality of life and for limited public expenses.

    Such preventative measures can intervene across three timescales:

    • Avoiding the risk of developing a disease or deficiency (primary prevention)
    • Avoiding the risk of worsening the conditions by early treatment (secondary prevention)
    • Limiting the related consequences (tertiary prevention)

    For example, for young retired individuals, the practices recommended include eating well, staying mobile, and connected with loved ones, in order to reinforce competencies and ensure autonomy as long as possible. For those older than 75, health recommendations and tips that pertain to bodily adaptations are evolving: adapting the home, technical aids, and other methods to help them stay at home more efficiently.

    Additionally, these actions involve both collective action (choices based on solidarity) and individual action (changes in behavior). The French “Healthy aging” plan (2007-2009) marked a turning point in the country’s public policy. These initiatives are now being implemented by “Santé Publique France” and the pension funds through the “For healthy aging” program, which provides numerous resources for the general public and professionals.

    However, numerous challenges are still faced by stakeholders, including:

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      How we support you in your project related to healthy aging

      The principal goal of the projects we carry out in this field is to support the adaptation of practices and put in place innovative actions for beneficiaries, healthcare professionals, establishments, public authorities and companies.

      At Alcimed, we have a team dedicated to public policies, working at the national level (for ministries, funds, national agencies, etc.) and at the regional and local level (ARS, CD, MDPH, organizations managing social and medico-social establishments, federations, etc.). In particular, this team regularly supports players in diverse ecosystems (local authorities, regional agencies, CCIs, etc.) with experiments, collaborative projects, innovation and structuring in the silver economy sector.

      We are accustomed to working with all of the players involved in senior citizens, and have developed a deep understanding of healthcare challenges, regulations, economic and organizational issues, as well as market opportunities that relate to the needs of active, frail or dependent older people, at home or in institutions. Our position at the interface of local and national policies, as well as in the world of business, associations and government, makes us a privileged partner with a neutral view of various issues raised by this problem.

      Examples of recent projects carried out for our clients in healthy aging

      • Supporting the CNAV in encouraging the emergence of innovative solutions for healthy aging

        In the context of driving its policy for preventing loss of autonomy, the CNAV encourages technological and organization innovations, or the development of services that encourage healthy, active aging for seniors.

        Supported by Alcimed, the CNAV worked between 2017 and 2019 on a virtual competitiveness cluster project to promote the emergence of technical aids for healthy aging. This mission made it possible to identify the founding partners of the scheme, as well as to define the architecture of a project that meets the specific needs of the Carsat and project sponsors.

        In February 2019, the VIVA Lab scheme was launched in partnership with MSA, France Active, l’Agirc-Arrco and the Banque des Territoires in order to encourage the identification and maturation of innovative solutions to prevent loss of autonomy and promote healthy aging. Alcimed was involved at the structuring of the VIVA Lab scheme in 2019 and since then, we have been in charge of deploying the plan of action, coordinating the Carsat network, and the ongoing evaluation.

      • Supporting the CNSA on the market and usage of technical aids

        Alcimed first carried out a study for the National Solidarity Fund for Autonomy (CNSA) to develop reference elements for the necessary activities and competencies needed to optimize compensation through the use of technical aids. The goal was to improve the management of practices and support throughout France, and to encourage players to develop their skills.

        To do so Alcimed developed and tested a self-assessment tool for ergonomic and user-friendly compensation support, enabling actors to quickly understand its usage. We also compiled a reference guide including activities, competencies, partners, recommendations and tips, and support tools.

        Alcimed then conducted a market study for CNSA, focusing on the prices of technical aids in Europe, especially those designed for people with loss of autonomy. This study allowed CNSA to better understand the European support systems and to identify the best practices and tips applicable in the French context, and to further reflect on improving the disability compensation system in France.

        Notably, Alcimed identified the available products in each country, segmented the patients based on their characteristics and specific needs, mapped the market players (such as manufacturers and distributors), identified the support systems, and carried out a comparative analysis of prices and out-of-pocket expenses.

      • Organizing a hackathon on healthy aging for a department council

        The goals of the hackathon were to make the existing services even better and to find and develop new initiatives supporting adults over 60 years old, particularly in terms of promoting physical and mental health, food and culture, and promoting good health on a daily basis.

        The hackathon was an opportunity to share an original and stimulating adventure while focusing on the real-life problems and learn from expert advice in a short time dedicated to innovation. The winning projects then received the support of the department and the funding bodies of the territory.

        Over the course of two days, Alcimed led workshops and proposed personalized and methodological support. Overall, the workshop brought together 60 participants (including carers, project leaders, players from the voluntary sector, players from the silver economy and from the medico-social sector), and supported 10 projects.

      • Structuring of the Silver Economy Observatory by identifying and analyzing developments of its sector for the benefit of its players

        The Silver Economy Observatory, launched by France Silver Éco, simultaneously represents a space for reflection and a place for collective awareness economic, social, societal and ethical challenges of an aging society.

        The objectives of this observatory are:

        • To participate in disseminating knowledge and understanding subjects related to population aging
        • To propose an evolving tool, enriched each year with new data, analyses, and recent research
        • To conduct thematic studies to refine the vision of the sector’s development, at both the national and regional levels

        To do this, Alcimed built a reference framework, then conducted the initial dashboards and trends reports following the analysis of available quantitative data and a field study among sector players.

      • Assessment of the gerontological service networks in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes for the ARS

        Alcimed assisted the ARS Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes in assessing the functioning of its 28 gerontological networks. Made up of hospitals, departmental councils, EHPADs, homecare services and associations, these networks are designed to support professionals in their work with the elderly.

        We held group interviews with all the players involved in these networks, with the aim of gathering their expectations regarding the missions of the networks and their prospects for development, the issues surrounding territorial coverage, the financing of the networks and the resources needed to keep them going.

        The project highlighted the fact that, since their creation, the sectors had followed different paths. This awareness of the diversity of models has enabled the ARS to position itself in terms of its expectations as a funder of the networks, and to communicate with them in a more impactful way.

      • Exploration of the elderly ecosystem in Singapore

        Alcimed helped the Regional Market Access Director and the Managing Director of one of Singapore’s leading players in the nutrition and health sector to assess the opportunity of the elderly segment. At the start of the project, it was recognised that by 2030, a quarter of Singapore’s population would be aged over 65. The client wanted support in understanding how to seize the resulting opportunities.

        The market study provided a clear picture of how the market for the elderly was organised, identified trends and new policies/programs that would have an impact in the future, and assessed the market’s potential.

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