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Golubeva, E., & Emelyanova, A. (2020). Policy Initiatives on Healthy Ageing in Russia from 2010-2020. European Journal of Mental Health, 15(2), 93–110.

Policy initiatives on healthy ageing in Russia from 2010–2020

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Author: Golubeva, Elena1; Emelyanova, Anastasia2
Organizations: 1Department of Social Work and Social Security, Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Northern Dvina Emb., 17 Arkhangelsk, 163002, Russia
2Thule Institute & University of the Arctic, University of Oulu; Finland
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Language: English
Published: Semmelweis Egyetem (EKK Mentalhigiene Intezet), 2020
Publish Date: 2021-06-23


Background: A number of various policy strategies has been adopted in the last decade in response to population ageing in Russia. Governmental actions have yet to be evaluated in terms of their efficacy. By making a detailed overview of policy actions and relevant research, we are able to define successes and failures on the way to having a thriving and healthy older population.

Aims: To analyse policy initiatives targeting healthy ageing in terms of both the entire population and the individuals thereof, and provide the overview for the most recent years of 2010–2020.

Methods: The study has a theoretical nature. We undertake an analysis of available research litera ture and policy documents. In Section 2.2.1, we used a systematic literature review approach. Regarding the segment of the collection of literature discussed in the paper, a mixed approach was used retrieving online indexing services and additional searching in the Russian electronic library

Results: Main demographic documents and primary structural changes focus on the population decline, ageing, retirement, and overall population health. Research on healthy and active ageing in the Russian academic literature, and elaboration of the new strategies and programs designed specifically for the benefit of older people and their health, have been discussed, with special attention given to the mental health of older people.

Conclusions: The initiatives mainly prioritise further increases in life expectancy, the quality of life of older persons, stimulating old-age productivity and active ageing. Many aspects require further improvement such as clear definitions, focused attention to geriatric care, better coordination of managing authorities, sustainable funding, and realistic expectations toward implementation indicators.

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Series: European journal of mental health
ISSN: 1788-4934
ISSN-E: 1788-7119
ISSN-L: 1788-4934
Volume: 15
Issue: 2
Pages: 93 - 110
DOI: 10.5708/EJMH.15.2020.2.2
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 5142 Social policy
Funding: This article is part of a project that has received funding from EC DG NEAR under a grant agreement ENI/2017/387-477 Development of think tank functions of the Northern Dimension Institute. The preparatory work has been done for participating at the BRICS Meeting on Ageing, funded by the United Nations Population Find UNFPA, Beijing, China, 3–8 Dec 2017.
Copyright information: © 2020 Semmelweis University Institute of Mental Health, Budapest. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.