Lucie Côté

Retired healthcare worker

71 years

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 image you find inspiring about aging

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!

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