Elderly family as an object of social policy of the state

Theme 2. Connectivity
Session Name 2.10 Self-governance and regional development in the High North: What (and how) information is used for strategic development?
Datetime Sep 07, 2018 10:30 AM - 10:45 AM (UTC +3)
Location Auditorium XIV
Presentation Type Oral
Presenter Klavdiia Barashkova
Author(s) Klavdiia Barashkova (North-Eastern Federal University named after M. K., Russian Federation)
Abstract text

According to the official statistics of the Russian Federation for 2017, the proportion of the population over the age of able-bodied is 36685.1 thousand people, which is 25.0% of the total population (total 146804.4 thousand people).  Compared with the year 2016, the size of this cohort increased by 698,8 thousand people. Official statistics only pays attention to older people outside of their family status as recipients of social assistance and support from the state.

In the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), the state relies on Federal social policy to provide social support and assistance, and also has regional programs. The main objective of the social policy of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) is "to strengthen the state social policy in the sphere of social support, social services and rehabilitation of elderly people, to create the necessary conditions for them to adapt in society, to ensure the level of safety of life and health of elderly people. At the same time, care for the health of older people is a priority component of social policy."

An elderly family should be the object of independent research in sociology as a primary group, as a small group, characterized by a high degree of solidarity, proximity of its members, unity of goals and activities, voluntary entry and informal control over the behavior of its members.

The elderly family serves as a model for society stability, stability of interpersonal relations. Living in a joint marriage for 50 years or more, an elderly family has a great life experience in preserving family traditions and values.

The social policy of the state should be aimed at providing attention to the elderly family by the social institutions of society. Society's attitude towards the elderly reflects the level of social policy of this state, which is responsible for the social, psychological, comfortable position of its citizens - elderly families.

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