Amélie Paquette

Amélie Paquette

Community mobilisation for health outcomes / User-centric solutions / Co-design , 45 years old  

Amélie is an intrapreneur that uses her knowledge, dynamism and collaborative spirit to promote user-centric solutions. An excellent communicator with a good business sense, she knows how to mobilize key people to ensure the development and growth of initiatives that contribute to the distinction of an organization and, who knows, maybe her own one day.

Having evolved in the fields of arts, academic researches, teaching and business innovation, it is with pleasure and enthusiasm that she joins the interdisciplinary project HABITATS

Amongst all of the questions that resonate with you about aging and growing old, which one seems the most essential for you that you would like to share ?

What can I do to stay at home and who can help me?

Share an image you find inspiring about aging

Pina Bausch on stage

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From your own experiences, tell us about a significant moment or event in your personal or professional life that shaped your perspective around aging.

I’m not thinking of a particular moment or event, but a research project in which I participated concerning the side effects of medication in the elderly. Around 100 participants aged over 85 took part in the research and answered our questions during two hour-long individual interviews. Although it wasn’t at the heart of the research project, I perceived the notion of mourning a loss as a recurring theme of aging, to different extents: the loss of our job, our driver’s licence, our mobility, a loved one, our sight, our autonomy, our credibility, our sense of usefulness… This proximity with around 100 aging people brought to light the range of mourning that they have to confront...

During our meetings last October, you imagined taking some first steps, the first actions. Can you remind us what they were? Can you tell us what happened when you put them into action?

If, in the coming months, you were given the time, energy and resources to set up a (new?) Project with our common questions at heart, what would it be?

According to your experiences and your expertise, where is the vitality, the curiosity, the strength to act in the face of the realities of aging?