On 29 October there will take place the eighth annual National Conference called “Society for All Ages”, which focuses on ageing issues and the quality of senior life. The event will be held in coordination with the Russia Is a Caring Nation Forum. Live streaming will be available on the online platform at http://ru-care.ru/; the participants will be able to put questions to leading experts on ageing from Russia, Germany, Denmark and Israel. The event is free, subject to prior registration.
It is expected to be attended by no fewer than 2,000 people such as expert in elderly medicine and social security, researchers and public figures who are motivated to improve the quality of senior life in Russia.
Experts will meet for the eighth time in order to discuss critical systemic issues and review case studies. How has life changed and what are the challenges facing the aged during the COVID-19 pandemic? Where do the government’s role and personal responsibility start and end? What should the elderly care system look like, and where should it get its resources? How do we motivate and find employment for older people?
The conference has three sections focused on the key aspects of the quality of senior life.
The discussion will be joined by leading Russian and foreign experts on developing an environment to ensure the quality of life for all ages, who will discuss the systemic problems of forming such an environment in Russia, the outlook for implementing the recently adopted concept “Active senior lifestyle” and the best practices of countries such as Germany and Israel. The discussion is moderated by television presenter Fyokla Tolstaya.
Older people suffer the most from a coronavirus infection and its consequences, and it is over-65 citizens who were the primary targets of the lockdown. The situation being what it was, people needed help with life admin and counselling, and a great number of individuals and entities expressed a wish to provide such help. The pandemic has thus demonstrated the strength of communities and human connections, sparked off a tidal wave of civic solidarity driven by civic activists, non-profits, charities, private companies and opinion leaders.
The section will discuss the best practices of the Help is at Hand coalition and examples of civic solidarity in Russia and elsewhere.
The subject of old age is inevitably linked with the issues of care. More than 30% of over-65 citizens are in need of some form of ongoing support, for which the long-term care system (LTCS) is responsible. The LTCS has been under development in Russia for a third year now, and this period has seen progress made from public misconception to a full commitment to new approaches in the healthcare system and social security. A lot of ground is yet to be covered before real changes are made in the system.
The section will host a discussion of LTCS implementation progress with involvement from the project offices of RF HealthMin and LabMin, regional representatives and professionals from other countries.
The Society for All Ages National Conference was initiated by the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko to facilitate improvements in the elderly living standards in Russia. The event is a major forum on population ageing and support for senior citizens. The conference has been held every year since 2013. In 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, it will be held online for the first time.