Lucie Côté

Lucie Cote

Speaker / Teacher – trainer / Clinician / project instigator,

71 years old  

Retired from the Institut universitaire de gériatrie where she worked as a clinical consultant specializing in the field of mental and cognitive health, Lucie spent thirty years of her life collaborating on research projects and developing clinical training programs and evaluation tools for better practice. She is also the co-founder of the Société Alzheimer de l’Estrie (1985), and in 2018, with seven colleagues, she carried out the Maison Ancrage project to ensure a living environment centred around sound values in response to aging.

Sensitive and concerned about the social, economic and political issues of the aging population, integrated ageism and prejudices against older people, Lucie continues to be involved in the cause and believe in projects that are mobilizing and enriching.

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 ?

Values of self determination, respect and freedom of choice

Share an inspiring image of aging with us.

In my first years of work in geriatic psychiatry (1984), I discovered the depth of their life stories, their experiences and their abilities, which allowed me to develop my systemic approach with an enriching partnership including all parties concerned (families, elderly people, resources). i.e. A 84-year-old lady suffering from undiagnosed severe depression, since “it’s normal for her to sit in a rocking chair all day… she’s old.” Following her treatment, she rekindled the simple joy of taking a stroll in the park, meeting up with her friends again, and the list goes on!

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

During my years in the field, my colleagues and I had the retirement project of forming a committee for the development of a living space that matched our vision of aging: dynamic, built on mutual respect, solidarity, security and with freedom at the heart of our activities! Five years later, with the help of the Fédération des coopératives d'habitations de Québec and the city of Sherbrooke (land), we were able to open our  Ancrage home to our greatest satisfaction!

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?