Ashoka Fellow
France
Fellow Since 2006
This description of Jean-Michel Ricard's work was prepared when Jean-Michel Ricard was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2006.
Introduction
As the elderly live longer lives and make up an increasing percentage of the population in Europe, Jean-Michel is helping them overcome the various physical and psychological ailments that prevent them from enjoying their latter years. His program, which emphasizes the importance of prevention, uses unique exercises and physical training to delay the onset of age-related impairment and disease. Just as important, it helps seniors maintain the ability to function independently and retain the social connections that have defined them for most of their lives.
The New Idea
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