24 april 2018
The Fifth all-Russia Congress of Gerontologists and Geriatricians took place in Moscow on April 19-20, 2018. Leading Russian and international experts in the field of gerontology and geriatrics, and representatives of social security services, non-profit organizations, charities, and social business entities – over 900 delegates from Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, and Ukraine – attended the event. The congress addressed issues topical to gerontologists, including the current condition of the geriatric service in Russia, medical treatment of senior and geriatric citizens, detection and prevention of the cruel treatment of elderly persons, and geriatric education.
PFR Board Chairman Anton Drozdov said at the congress that the average life expectancy in Russia had grown to 73 years, compared to 65 (including 60 for men) in the early 2000s. The PFR head said he believed that gerontology and geriatrics would be booming in the coming years because of the government’s goal to extend the physical life of citizens, and make it fuller, more eventful, and disease-free.
Anton Drozdov told the delegates about the government measures pertaining to the elder generation implemented by the Russian Pension Fund. In addition to the unfailing payment and indexation of pensions, the PFR provides a number of federal social benefits, including benefits paid to able-bodied citizens who quit their jobs for looking after senior citizens. The Russian Pension Fund is also implementing programs, which increase computer awareness of pensioners and co-funding regional social programs improving the quality of elders’ life, such as building and renovating social institutions, nursing homes, etc. PFR territorial divisions initiate various sorts of events for senior citizens and interact with organizations of ‘silver-haired’ volunteers.
The PFR head reminded the audience of the Elder Generation federal project, which aimed at creating conditions for active longevity in the country. Being the chairman of the Elder Generation Public Council, Drozdov said that the project focused on the creation of conditions for an efficient system of long-term care for elderly citizens, the broader participation of non-profit organizations in the provision of social services, and information support to all projects improving the quality of life of the elder generation. The project is closely interacting with the Russian Gerontology Clinical Research Center and the Russian Association of Gerontologists and Geriatricians.
In conclusion, Anton Drozdov said that the task of joining the club of countries with the life expectancy of over 80 years, which had been declared by the president, had both medical and social aspects. The full-scale development of geriatrics and the provision of medical tools for preserving life and health of elderly people would be less efficient unless people have a motivation for active longevity. Therefore, it is a common task of all parties to the process to provide relevant medical assistance and send a message to senior citizens that the family and the country need them. Yet again this indicates the importance of supporting projects fostering social activity of elderly people.