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Programs for

Autonomy and


Inter-Generation Telementoring

Socio-SANITARY Benefits

PACE 2000 International Foundation


1.     ObjectiVes

Promotion of Inter-Generation Communication

-         Allows our Seniors, to feel useful in a short time, develop empathy for a “protege”, become familiar with a simple and effective application to build friendships. Isolation is a factor in chronic illness and loss of autonomy leading to dependence. 

-         For young people and adolescents: the ability better plan for the future, gain self-confidence, discover the professional experiences of a senior, and broaden their cultural, professional or linguistic horizons through immersion.


2.     Method


-         Each candidate is to form part of an Inter-Generation Pair which benefits from 1 hour weekly tele-sessions for seven weeks.  An Inter-generational Coordinator is available provides support on request.


-         The PACE-2-Face “4D”* videoconferencing application is modelled to the requirements of seniors who are resistant to digital technologies, to allow fun exchanges between an elder “telementor” and a young person who becomes his “protege”.  The older candidate sends his profile to the inter-generational coordinator, who makes an appropriate match according to the profile and needs of the young candidate. The specific objectives of their exchange program are then identified and shared by the inter-generational pair.


3.     SpécificitIés


-         Simplicity and user-friendliness of the user interface installed on 1 PC: 1 click, 1 screen, 1 “4D” sharing button

-         Security: secure access and no data is stored there

-         Intuitive application: no prior training session(s)

-         A PC installed in a confidential place for young people (college or high school) and one for seniors (senior club or residence)

-         Specific features patented in France and Canada, which go beyond the functionalities of Zoom/Skype/Teams/etc...


4.     Telementoring vs. Mentoring

Inter-Generation Telementoring goes beyond the limits of Mentoring:

-         Recruitment (young people and seniors) has no geographical limit. Its cultural and linguistic tele-exchanges are extended internationally

-         The inclusion criteria for candidates are not limited by motor disabilities

-         The age of inclusion extended to several decades (50-95 years) vs. mentoring (50-65 years)

-         Stigmas and prejudices are erased

-         Motivation is quickly obtained and behavioural changes are induced in 2-4 tele-sessions

For the Tele-Mentor and “his protégé”, they are free to then meet face-to-face, when they have “tame” each other.


5.     Résults


The participants of the Inter-generational Binôme are both actors and reciprocal beneficiaries.

Here are the main observations:


1.     Development of empathy and cooperation “on an equal footing”

2.     Rapid acquisition of better self-esteem and expression in groups

3.     Freedom of expression of problems, prejudices, and better understanding of the situations to be resolved

4.     Feeling of usefulness to young people and seniors; motivation and promotion of autonomy

5.     Opportunities for language immersion, help with homework, relational difficulties, and motivation/professional orientation.



6.       International Awards and Recognition


        Grand Medal of Honor from the French-speaking Academy of Telemedicine and e-Health - 2022

        EU-Ambient Assisted Living: 2011 selection

        Association of Gerontology of Quebec: Opening speech, 10/19/2011

        FIAPA Prize: (International Federation of Associations of Elderly People, Paris, France, 2006) Information and Communication Technologies for intergenerational programs.

        Gérontechnology Prize (GERONT EXPO – HANDICAP EXPO, Paris, France) 2003

        Telemedicine Award from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, ON, Canada. July 2000

        UNITED NATIONS, New York, 1999: Dr A. Sidorenko, International Director of social programs, makes a 12 sites videoconferencing speech, and awards the PACE2000 programs.

*4D:  Visual, auditive, reading and writing

Dr Marie-Madeleine Bernard

Recicpient of the Medal of Honour of the Academy of Telemedecine and e-Health



President, PACE2000.FR

PACE 2000 International Foundation

Membre: The Endocrine Sty, SFSD, SFDiabète