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Seniors and housing: a model in need of reinvention
Friday September 30th, 2016
Seniors : developing easily personalized residences
With the growing number of seniors in our societies and the changes in their lifestyle, it is necessary to rethink our vision of housing to conceive homes that better meet their new expectations. Find out about the proposals of our think tank, guided by the French sociologist Serge Guérin, to contribute to ageing well in […]
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