FRANCE – E-SENIORS

Paris-Trocadero

FRANCE – E-SENIORS

E-Seniors is a non-profit non-governmental organization, founded in 2005 by Monique EPSTEIN (epstein@free.fr), the general manager of the association. E-Seniors aims at fighting e-exclusion by providing access to and training in ICT to seniors and/or disabled people. Its main objectives are:

  • Shrinking, and where possible, bridging the digital gap between generations,

  • Caring for elders by fighting seniors’ isolation,

  • Opening new horizons for efficient use of free time.

Since its creation, E-Seniors has provided courses on ICT usage for seniors in various public locations and the association is constantly opening new locations all over the region in order to provide a “proximity” service that takes into account the rhythm, interests and needs of its potential audience. Through its work for elderly people and with them the organization also tries to increase awareness about the importance of ICT solutions in everyday life. E-Seniors proposes also interactive gaming activities in residences for the elderly, retirement homes and day-care centres. Knowing the challenges facing seniors, healthy or dependant, E-Seniors invests resources in developing new applications and services to enable independent living as well as helping keep their physical and mental health.

E-Seniors has also a substantial experience in European projects related to ICT-tools designed for seniors and for active and healthy ageing.

E-Seniors has several hundreds of members and 2 mailing lists (one for seniors/retired people and one for professionals -health + social issues) which cover together nearly 2000 people.

E-Seniors has 8 employed people and nearly the same amount of volunteer people.

E-Seniors has some financial help from the town and the region but it has been and is decreasing every year because of Frances’s financial crisis and bad situation.

E-Seniors cooperates with a large number of other associations and is also member of bigger networks like FSJU, Ligue de l’enseignement, Cap Digital, France Bénévolat.

In France, one of the main problems encountered by seniors is the increase of poverty. Indeed according to the Secours Catholique (French charity), 8.5% of the people helped by the organization were over 60 years old in 2013 instead of 5 % in 2000. The main victims are the women, they represent 61% among the 60 years old and more in 2013, they were 58% in 2010 and 54% in 2003.

However many other problems affect the life of older people such as housing. In fact, higher prices but also adaptation to domestic difficulties are the main issues. The accessibility and the price of transport are also a huge problem. E-exclusion and isolation are particularly problematic in big cities.

(a)Eurag could help the French retired people to have a stronger voice in order to be heard by the government and being able to influence politics about financial help for dependance but also protesting against the fact that the governement takes money from pensions and there is nobody to defend the rights of the elderly.

(b) EURAG is invited for the 10-year anniversary of E-Seniors in Paris in October 2015.

Monique Epstein, Paris 2015