As the demographic transition continues to unfold, the silver economy is at the center of discussion and debate today. We met with Pierre Mayer, Managing Director of OCIRP, to talk to us about OCIRP’s role in the silver economy and the issue of social protection.
In this interview, Pierre Mayer tells us about the objectives of the Organisme Commun des Institutions de Rente et de Prévoyance in relation to the silver economy, its birth and establishment in 1967, but above all about the role of the OCIRP in addressing the issue of social protection.
You support these actions that contribute to the well-being of vulnerable people, whoever they are, due to family circumstances and due to age. What do you expect from the silver economy and what can you bring to it?
In general, any person, any institution, any organization that thinks about social protection inevitably faces the question of old age, the question of the aging of the population, the question of what we will have a significant part of the population born after 1945 who will reach old age in the next few years. People born in 1945 will, by definition, be 85 years old in 2030, which is 8 years from now.
There will be a mass effect: relatively dependent older people will not necessarily be more, perhaps rather less. On the other hand, since there are many more of them, because they were born in 1945 to a large extent, and then for 30 years, the question arises in different ways. The question is: how do we deal with this aging, which in itself is great good news for our grandparents or our great grandparents generation, to realize that life expectancy in good health has indeed increased significantly?
Therefore, our society, our cities, our village and our territories must be able to adapt to this situation, which is one of the elements of the subject. And then, this phenomenon affects all public policy and cultural policy. I think that we do not necessarily have the same aspirations and the same cultural needs, when we are 80 or 85 years old, we have the right to lead a cultural life at 85, like people at the age of 25 or 30, which is normal and logical.
I think this whole transformation is taking place, and as soon as we are interested in the question of social security, we inevitably ask ourselves this question, so any organization, any institution, any gathering, like the silver economy, asks the same question. Obviously, we can only support this demographic transformation..
Next, we can present the sources of innovation, the lessons on the maximum limitation of costs are also extremely interesting. We know very well that if you invest a euro in preventing the loss of autonomy in older people, the return on investing that euro in future health care costs, in the cost of losing autonomy, is very high. This is stated in the report of the Accounts Chamber.
All the technical devices that we can imagine can sometimes make people smile because there are thousands and hundreds of them. It’s very interesting to think about how we live compared to older people who will spend more and more at home, who will grow older and older at home, and who will grow older and more alone.. The isolation of the elderly is one of the main problems, and I do not know if it will be one of the main problems in the upcoming presidential elections, but I sincerely deserve it. We wonder what technical devices, other than the useless side, work when used, because an idea can be perfectly written and theoretically, but if it is not used and appropriated by users, it does not work.
I think that in all this creative ferment around the silver economy extremely positive and interesting elements to look out for, evaluate and evaluate insurance organizations such as OCIRP.
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