Population ageing and the challenge of alcoholism: from global to national level

Theme 5. Other
Session Name 5.7 Ageing Arctic: Realizing the potential of older people
Datetime Sep 07, 2018 01:15 PM - 01:30 PM (UTC +3)
Presentation Type Oral
Author(s) Anastasia Emelyanova (University of Oulu, Finland), Elena Golubeva (Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Russian Federation)
Abstract text

Experts predicts increase in the number of older people with mental disorders and problems of dependence, primarily of alcoholic character, acquiring the features of a "hidden epidemic" among the older generation. This presentation is part of the empirical study on analysis of livelihoods of 700+ older adults (60–89 years) in the Arkhangelsk region. We will introduce major policy frameworks that address alcohol abuse as one of the leading risk factors for population health in the ageing society stepping from global to national level agenda on ageing. This analysis is the first step at analyzing the role of alcohol consumption in a structure of risk factors for the ageing related social disadvantages in the Arkhangelsk region of Russia.

We review the MIPAA framework on ageing, the Active Ageing Policy Framework and the Russian "Strategy for the Benefit of Older People in the Russian Federation until 2025", its Plan of Actions etc. All of the documents are indicative to the need of reduction in the combined impact of factors that increase the risk of addiction in old age and the adoption of comprehensive country actions aimed at preventing alcohol abuse. "While older people tend to drink less than young people, the metabolic changes that accompany ageing increase their susceptibility to alcohol-related diseases, including liver, stomach and pancreas. Elderly people have a greater risk for alcohol-related falls and injuries, as well as the potential dangers associated with mixing alcohol and medications” (Active Ageing - A Policy Framework).

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