ÂGIR: Empowering Seniors! Take care of your own business : do it yourself

Abstract : The action research project ÂGIR (Âge, innovation sociale et réflexivité / Ageing, social innovation and reflexivity) allows seniors to take part in the building of a collective knowledge base on issues related to ageing and conviviality in the Greater Toulouse Area. First, the seniors involved in the project collect information by conducting qualitative surveys in their daily living environment, among different kinds of actors or other seniors. This aims at reaching a better understanding of the various factors that shape the social life of elderly people and impact its preservation or revival. The survey results then allow to identify specific issues which can be translated into 'problems to be solved,' and thus, contribute to bringing local solutions that improve the social integration of elderly people. We are at the heart of a process of social innovation, which could lead to the implementation of different kinds of strategies: built environment (man-made environment); digital solutions (communication devices), co-production of social services (human organization)… or all three at once! This is why a research team composed of social scientists, urban planning and architecture scholars, and experts in computer science and software engineering supports the group.'s largest governmental research organization, for 18 months. It allows seniors to take part in the building of a collective knowledge base on issues related to ageing and conviviality in the Greater Toulouse Area. The originality of this program is to associate two moments. The first one consists in a collective construction of knowledge and reflexivity. The second is when the group of seniors defines, from the results of its investigations, a set of projects, which researchers and local actors will support. First of all, the approach required , , the envolvement of a group of around thirty voluntary seniors, coming all from Toulouse and its urban area.
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Alice Rouyer, Marina Casula. ÂGIR: Empowering Seniors! Take care of your own business : do it yourself. European Network for Housing Research Conference 2018, ENHR, Jun 2018, Uppsala, Sweden. ⟨hal-02090325⟩

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