Paper: Territorial and social inequalties in aging prevention for elderly immigrants in Seine-Saint-Denis (France)

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Paper authors Gloria Frisone
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Since the 1980s, medical anthropologists analyzed the impact of sociopolitical inequalities on the health of people and their access to the welfare system. In contemporary aging societies, the promotion of health focuses on the prevention of chronic diseases and the autonomy loss, inviting people to manage their “active” or “successful” ageing. Nevertheless, social inequalities persistently limit the access of elderly immigrants to the prevention of aging devices. With a work field based in the Department of Seine-Saint-Denis, my ethnographic research focuses on the first-generation migrants, especially from Maghreb and Subsaharian Africa. Coming from a previous study in anthropology and public health which had already demonstrated the social inequalities limiting the access of elderly immigrants to aging prevention devices, this research aims at understanding the reasons for their lesser use, or even the non-use of this programs. Here, public health policy is associated with city policy in the "fight against territorial and social inequalities in health", of which elderly immigrants are double victimized. However, facing with the great fragility of elderly immigrants, the existing system for aging prevention has to be adapted, to extend to all population the same expectations for a successful aging.



Gloria Frisone