Active Long Life: Modern Technologies
An open debate titled ‘An Active Long Life: Modern Technologies and Women’s
Initiatives’ was held as part of the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum. Its participants discussed breakthrough technologies in medicine, potential of ‘silver’ volunteering for integration of elderly people in the life of society, adaptation of labour market to the needs of all generation, and creation of conditions for lifelong learning.
Nika Strizhak, Russian Director, Documentary Filmmaker, and Television Anchor, was the moderator. She called upon the participants of the debate to share their ideas on how to make the lives of elderly people better, brighter, and more interesting.
Anna Mityanina, Vice Governor of Saint Petersburg, told that the average life expectancy in her city is 71 years for men and 80 years for women. Today, the region has formed a broad cluster of institutions providing comprehensive assistance to people of the so-called silver generation. Social volunteering also actively develops in Saint Petersburg. One of the major programmes is aimed at providing long-term care to elderly people.
A unified information system for the elderly is being created in Saint Petersburg.
Suwannee Siriwejchapun, Vice-Chairperson of Standing Committee of the National Legislative Assembly of Thailand on Social Affairs, Children, Youth, Women, the Elderly, the Disabled and the Underprivileged, spoke about employment of pensioners in Thailand. Airi Motokura, Executive Director of the Moscow Office of the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), shared about the situation in her country.
Maria Morozova, General Director of Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation, spoke about the school of an active long life operating in Russia. According to the speaker, such institutions help elderly people enjoy a healthy and safe life. Lubov Shabanova, Leader of the Social Tourism Volunteer Project, told about her volunteering initiative.
Yekaterina Dibrova, President of RHANA Medical Corporation, told the participants about new technologies designed to develop an active long life.
The speaker mentioned the Age Management Cabinet created on the basis of Russian and Japanese medical technologies. The project offers full medical checkup and development of an individual treatment protocol for every patient.
Olga Tkacheva, Director of the Russian Gerontology Clinical Center at the Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University of the Ministry the Healthcare of the Russian Federation, paid special attention to the rising generation in her speech. She told that infant mortality in Russia had decreased significantly.
Miora Teodorescu, expert from Romania and Member of the Associated Country Women of the World, informed the participants about project aimed at helping homeless children and lonely elderly people. Patricia Collins, CEO of Associated Country Women of the World, touched upon the problem of poverty in rural areas and illnesses of elderly persons.
According to Vanga Gagiano, Honorary President of Women Agricultural Union in Free State province of South Africa, city life brings more stress to elderly people. It would be safer and calmer for them to live in the rural area.
Lyudmila Babushkina, Chairperson of the Legislative Assembly of the Sverdlovsk Oblast, stressed the importance of educational programmes that help elderly people remain demanded in the labour market. The speaker reminded the listeners of Russia’s projects related to computer training, leisure activities, and touristic exchange for ‘silver’ people.
Elena Bibikova, Member of the Federation Council Committee for Social Policy, summed up the results of the open debate. She encouraged all those present nor to be afraid of getting old. According to her, ‘silver age’ is wonderful. The main thing is to provide elderly people with a happy, comfortable, and prosperous life.
Nikolay Gavrilov, Anna Repina, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov