Jean-Michel Ricard

Ashoka Fellow
France,
Fellow Since 2006
Siel Bleu

IDÉE

Le progrès a “ ajouté des années à la vie”, mais nombre de personnes n’en profitent pas ou mal. Afin d’améliorer le lien social, prévenir certaines maladies ou encore la perte d’autonomie des personnes âgées, des personnes en situation de handicap et/ou atteintes de maladies chroniques et des proches aidants, le Groupe Associatif Siel Bleu propose des activités physiques adaptées. L’Activité Physique Adaptée (APA) – un outil de prévention universelle au service de la santé durable et du bien commun.

 

IMPACT

Siel Bleu c’est aujourd’hui plus de 100,000 bénéficiaires directs par semaine et 450 salariés.  Le Groupe Associatif intervient dans plus de 4000 lieux d’intervention chaque semaine, situés en France, en Belgique, en Irlande et en Espagne. Siel Bleu a initié un diplôme universitaire spécialisé (DEUSR) en 2000. Sa filiale, Siel Bleu au Travail, propose des activités physiques en entreprise et l’intégralité des bénéfices de ces actions est reversée à la mission associative de Siel Bleu aux personnes les plus fragilisées.

 

QUI EST-IL ?

La devise familiale de Jean-Michel : “ donner plus qu’on ne reçoit”. Il a le diplôme de professeur d’éducation physique et s’estime privilégié de vivre une extraordinaire aventure humaine collective.

 

Citation

This profile was prepared when Jean-Michel Ricard was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2006.
The New Idea
Jean-Michel is developing a preventive approach to help society confront the demographic and social challenge of life lengthening in the context of an overall aging population. Through SIEL Bleu (Sport, Initiative Et Loisirs) Jean Michel has introduced a new model of elderly care in France that helps people age in a healthier and more socially connected way. Through a series of physical and mental exercises, participants in SIEL Bleu improve their physical and psychological well-being, and slow down some of the most common problems faced by the elderly. Perhaps most important, participants become more aware and confident in what they still can do. This change in self-perception begins to change the way society views them. The result is an elderly population that lives a healthier, happier life, and a society that values the contributions the elderly can continue to make.Since medical and social progress have led to the lengthening of human life, they have also fostered the expectation that this gained time should be lived independently, and as free of disability and disease as possible. According to Jean-Michel, it is good to add years to life, but it is equally important to add life to those years. He believes that aging well means being independent for the longest time possible while remaining socially engaged. SIEL Bleu proposes an approach targeting not only the elderly but also their families and care givers. The primary objective is to fight the detrimental effects of aging on health through participation in physical activities, as well as to promote social interaction by mixing generations in workshops and training sessions.In these times of ballooning medical budgets and overextended use of scarce medical facilities, Jean-Michel emphasizes the importance of using a preventive approach to geriatric medicine. More fiscally responsible and more humane, his approach stands in stark contrast— both in philosophy and practice—from the conventional curative approach.
The Problem
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The Person

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