Socienty for all ages
5-6 октября
МИА «Россия сегодня», Зубовский бульвар, 4

Topic: There is country for old men

Day 1. Care interface


Registration of participants. Welcoming refreshment break


Opening of the Conference. Plenary session “Where is the good of the old people for the nation, society, family and themselves”

Creation of real conditions for active ageing in Russia is possible only subject to the understanding of the elderly people’s value for the society and themselves. To give a right answer to the question “What is the best way to help and interact?”, it is important first to understand WHAT FOR.
Questions to be discussed: 
• What is the role of seniors: philosophical, sociological and cultural views  
    • Why do we need to help seniors and take care of them? And how the attitude to the old people in the society can change the society itself?
    • Why is Russia included in the rating of the worst countries for pensioners and how can it be changed?

Invited participants:
Aleksandr Safonov, rector for Development of the Academy of Labor and Social Relations 
Konstantin Kovalev-Sluchevskiy, Leader of the Work Group on Literature, Arts and Crafts of the Ministry of Culture of the RF  
Maria Morozova, Director General of Timchenko Fund
Vladimir Mironov, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Dean of Philosophy Department of Moscow State University
Aleksey Sidnev, Director General of Senior Group
Anatoly Vishnevsky, Director of the Institute of Demographics of NRU HSE
Hidetoshi Endo, Japan National Centre for Geriatrics and Gerontology
Horst Krumbach, member of the board of directors, Generations bridge Germany
Natalya Pochinok, Rector of the Russian State Social University, member of the RF Public Chamber
Svetlana Adonyeva, Professor of  St. Petersburg State University, anthropologist, writer



Open mike for regions (best practices and cases of dealing with seniors)


Parallel sessions. Part 1

Session 1: “Formal care”. Interdepartmental interaction. Medical and social services for seniors
Access to high quality medical services is one of the key conditions of the life quality at a mature age. We’ll discuss how the public attitude to seniors influences the level of medical services and social care, and the main gaps and development areas of the Russian health care system. 

 Questions to be discussed:
     • Legislative and functional components, services interaction
     • Health of seniors, preventive measures, long-term care
     • How does the attitude of a doctor influence treatment outcome and how to “foster” doctors?
     • How to stop consider the retirement age as the “age of surviving”?

Invited participants: 
Nyuta Federmesser, Founder of Hospice Care Foundation Vera 
Olga Tkacheva, Head of Russian Gerontological Clinical Research Centre
Claudia Conson, supervisor of nursing care of Geriatric Department of the Southern Region, Ministry of Public Health (Beersheba, Israel)
Kirill Proschaev, Director of Gerontology Research Medical Centre, Professor
Pavel Vorobyev, Head of the Hematology and Geriatrics Department of Sechenov MMU FSBEI of HE
Elizaveta Oleskina, Founder of “Starost v radost” Fund, member of the Government Council on Guardianship in the Social Sphere

Session 2: “Informal care”. Community care
The world tends to gradual move from centralized and institutionalized forms of social support towards family care and support of seniors by the local communities (“community care”) in cooperation with the state. Community care development helps redistribute the load between the society, family and state, and organize the support of seniors more effectively. This trend has not come to Russia yet, so there is no generally accepted translation for this word combination. However, the need of the older generation in third party assistance and readiness of the society to help is high. We’ll try to fund a definition of this concept and discuss the capabilities of community care development in our country.

Questions to be discussed:
• What is community care: phenomenon, language, definitions 
• How can the state and society allocate the areas of responsibility to help a family with a sick person?
• Attitude of the society and seniors to care: how to offer or ask for assistance not being afraid to lose public face? 
• Market of social home care services: participants (state, nonprofit organizations), ways of regulation, service infrastructure
• What functions will nonprofit organizations perform better than the state? Are nonprofit organizations ready to take this role?
• How to teach case workers and volunteers to render proper assistance to seniors and their families?

Invited participants:
Hidetoshi Endo, Japan National Centre for Geriatrics and Gerontology
Horst Krumbach, member of the board of directors, Generations bridge Germany
Gulnara Minnigaleeva, Research Scientist of Civil Society and Nonprofit Sector Research Centre of NRU HSE, Chairman of the Executive Board of Regional Public Organization Coordinating Resource Centre for pensioners “My years – my wealth”
Natalya Peryazeva, founder of the project “Fireside Fairytales”
Elena Shomina, Professor of NRU HSE, expert in the area of local government, organizer of neighbor communities
Vadim Nosov, Director of “Blizkiye Lyudi” Non-Governmental Social Service Centre
Valentin Vladimirtsev, Director of Metallurg Magnitogorsk Municipal Charitable Public Fund (MSCPF)
Andrey Panov, President of the Association of Social Workers, Interregional Public Association 

Session 3: “Family and the system”. How to help a family with a sick person
Life quality of a sick senior can’t be considered separately from the life quality of his/her family: these are elements of the same system. The family nursing a sick person is simultaneously a subject and an object of care. The burden of social and inner expectations and heavy physical, mental and financial load falls on the relatives. We’ll discuss how and where this burden can be decreased to help the sick as well as all the members of the family. We’ll also consider cases when the family is acting as an aggressor towards the senior relative.  

Questions to be discussed: 
     • Family, home, hospital: interaction with the sick and care. Morality and ethics, cultural and ethical implications, experience of various countries 
     • How can the state help the family and should relatives be paid for the care? 
     • Torn between taking care of children and senior parents: problems of the “sandwich-generation”
     • Role of the family in early detection of diseases and why families do not often notice changes in their family members in time?
     • Destruction of a cult of suffering: how not to become a victim or an aggressor and help effectively? 
     • Can sick old people make decisions by themselves?
     • How to protect the old people from the society and own family?

Invited participants:
Irina Roschina,  Senior Research Assistant of the Mental Health Research Centre of RAS, Assistant Professor of the Department of Neuro- and Pathopsychology  of the Faculty of Special and Clinical Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education 
Aleksey Sidnev, Director General of Senior Group
Lyubov Pischikova, geropsychiatrist,  Head of the Geropsychiatric Research Group of FSBI Serbsky Federal Medical Research Centre of Mental and Addiction Medicine of the Ministry of Healthcare of Russia
Ekaterina Dikhter, Senior Lecturer, Attention and Care Health Visitor School


Parallel sessions. Part 2.

TED session: “Society for All Ages. From Thoughts to Actions”
A series of stand-ups where speakers tell why they work with seniors and how they create their projects from a practical perspective: from the idea origin to its successful implementation. 

Session 4: “Dementia – Epidemic of the century?”
Traditionally, the society considers dementia – Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and others – as ageing-associated incurable diseases. Due to ageing of the world’s population, some scientists suggest the coming of a neurologic epidemic. We’ll discuss if this scenario is realistic, what we can do to prevent excess incidence of dementia and how not to sacrifice family for a sick relative. 

Questions to be discussed: 
     • Dementia ”epidemic” among seniors: myth or true? 
     • Forecasts of incidence rates in Russia and in the world, causes and results. Is it possible to stop its excess incidence?
     • Way of life or correct medicines: what helps to fight with Alzheimer’s disease in practice?
     • How can relatives of sick people conquer their fear and shame? What should a family do with the pressing of the society and how to accept changes in a family member?
     • How to avoid social hopelessness?

Invited participants: 
Evgeny Rogaev, Doctor of Biological Sciences
Andrey Solovyev, Head of Psychiatrics and Clinical Psychology Department of Saratov State Medical University, Doctor of Medicine, Professor
Vsevolod Rozanov, Doctor of Medicine, Professor of Clinical Psychology Department, Institute of Innovative and Postgraduate Education of Odessa National University n.a. Mechnikov
Aleksey Semyanov, Director of the Neurosciences Research Institute of Lobachevsky National Research State University of Nizhny Novgorod FSIEI of HE
Lena Andrev, Director for Education, Attention and Care Health Visitor School
Mikhail Yanchikov, Eyemove Project founder  
Maria Gantman, geropsychiatrist, Candidate of Medical Science

Session 5: “Care over the air”. Opportunities and ethical limits of high technology usage
Development of technologies helps provide medical care to seniors in the event of insufficient qualifications of local personnel, living in remote areas, absence of doctors with required qualifications, allows families to have current information about health of a separately living relative. “Alarm buttons”, mobile applications, which enable to monitor the status domiciliary, help people with restricted mobility receive care in time. We’ll study examples of innovations, discuss perspectives of IT-solutions implementation and risks from the ethical standpoint.

Questions to be discussed: 
     • Modern technologies for helping sick people and their families
     • How to help a sick person and their family by not infringing their human right to live their own lives
     • IT in small settlements: prospects of telehealth
     • Mobile applications for remote diagnostics: risks and application prospects.

Invited participants: 
Andrey Vorobyev, Head of the Hematology and Geriatrics Department of Sechenov Moscow State Medical University FSBEI of HE of the Ministry of Healthcare of Russia
Ekaterina Rudykh, Director of the Institute of Internet Development
Denis Yudchits, Director General of Mobile Medical Technologies (MMT, “Pediatrician 24-7” and “Online Doctor” projects)
Dmitry Petrukhin, Director General of

Report: “Dying as a stage. How to talk to the old people and children about death?”
Finding a correct way of making a conversation about death with children and seniors leads to an easier acceptance of this topic by both generations. How and when to start conversations about death with a child? How to answer their questions? Is it necessary to be the first to bring up the subject of death in conversations with seniors and dying relatives? What do they need to hear in fact?
Invited participants:
Nyuta Federmesser, President of Vera Fund 
Mikhail Khasminsky, head of the Crisis Psychology Center, psycho-oncologist


Final practical session: Processing of the obtained information for its usage in own practices


Entertainment program

Day 2. Mature life


Welcoming refreshment break


Plenary session in the format of a talk show

“How can the state, society, family, person get older?”

The topic of ageing is often associated with negative life scenarios in Russia. Old age is perceived as the “age of surviving.” This myth often results in the fear of the old age and thus ignoring the fact of its inevitability. “If I don’t think about it – it does not exist.” So, Russians traditionally do not prepare for their old age considering it as an inevitable road to death and, therefore, compromise the quality of their life at a mature age. What should happen to change this opinion at the level of a single person, society and state? What are the roles of the participants in this process? How can the required changes be encouraged?

Questions to be discussed: 

     • Impendence of the old age: how to get over fear and accept it with dignity? Role of the state, society, family and person himself.

     • Can we label seniors as the old ones?

     • Design of services and infrastructure for the older generation: what should it be and how should it be worked out?

Invited participants: 

Elena Topoleva-Soldunova, Member of the RF Public Chamber Council , Director of Social Information Agency Non-Profit Organization

Elena Nikolaeva, Leader of “Social Initiatives” Work Group of the Expert Board of Agency for Strategic Initiatives

Elena Bryzgalina, Head of the Educational Philosophy Department of the Faculty of Philosophy of the MSU, member of the RF State Duma Chairman Council, expert in education

Eduard Karyukhin, gerontologist, founder of Dobroye Delo Regional Public Old People Aid Fund

Evgeniy Biezbardis, Head of Analytical Department of the Association of Non-State Pension Funds

Valentin Vladimirtsev, Director of Metallurg Magnitogorsk Municipal Charitable Public Fund (MSCPF)

Elizaveta Sadova, Academic Director of Executive Education programs of SKOLKOVO Moscow School of Management 


Parallel sessions “Business-old-men”

Session 1: “How to use the knowledge and experience of the older generation for the good of a profession”

Professionals of the older generation and entrepreneurs-millenials can offer each other a lot from the point of view of human resources management in a company. The former have not lost enthusiasm peculiar for the young age yet, and the latter lack maturity and wisdom coming up with the years. Which role can mature employees play in the humanization of a young and dynamic technological field? 

Questions to be discussed:

     • How to persuade business to employ seniors?

     • What is the real value of mature people for a business?

     • What are the real perspectives of pensioners on the Russian labor market, and how can they find jobs?

Invited participants: 

Olga Katalina, Head of “Artist” Charity Fund Supporting People of Art

Elena Feoktistova, Managing Director for Corporate Responsibility, Sustainable Development and Social Business of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs 

Dmitry Rogozin, Head of Laboratory of Institute of Social Analysis and Forecasting, RANEPA

Aleksandra Burdyak, Senior Research Assistant of the Living Standards Research and Social Protection Laboratory of the Institute of Social Analysis and Forecasting of RANEPA

Elena Grishina, Manager of the Pension System and Actuarial Social Service Forecasting Research Laboratory of the Institute of Social Analysis and Forecasting of RANEPA

Session 2:  Master Class “Will as the Continuation of Life”

Decades of fighting for property deformed human relationships, destroyed institutes and culture of inheritance, including the system of transferring of material and immaterial memory. Representatives of Phoenix Advisors Fund will analyze how to change attitude towards things earned during your life and return to the practice of heritage transfer to descendants.

Invited participants:

Aleksey Stankevich, managing Director of Phoenix Advisors

Aleksey Anischenko, Phoenix Advisors

Session 3: “A city for all ages”

Integration of pensioners in the society, the level of their involvement in social and cultural life of the city largely depends on the availability of the environment. The society interested in integration of pensioners should create dwelling and public spaces considering the older generation needs. This means not only a common adaptation of the current infrastructure, but designing of the environment expanding the seniors’ opportunities as well. 

Questions to be discussed: 

     • Architecture and space arrangement: how does the urban environment influence socialization?

     • Urban environment policy orientation: world and Russian experience 

     • Cities of the future: how to keep up  with the young people while not losing the old men? Unifying role of the space

     • Cultural spaces – for the young or the elderly people? Do cultural institutions consider the needs of different target audiences?

Invited participants:

Luiza Pluff, Ph.D. in psychology, healthy ageing researcher, Head of WHO “Age-Friendly Cities” initiative

Petr Ivanov, Head of City Field Studies Laboratory of High School of Urban Science NRU HSE. Topic: “Role of the third generation in the urban activism and associated challenges and opportunities”

Maria Sakirko, Head Officer of Lecture Hall of Moscow Museum

Pavel Luksha, Practical Professor of SKOLKOVO Moscow School of Management, member of the Expert Council of the Agency of Strategic Initiatives

Daria Buyanova, Director of “Dobry Gorod Petersburg” Charity Fund

Maria Troyan, Architect, lecturer of Moscow Architectural Institute


Lunch / Open mike for regions (best practices and cases of dealing with seniors)


Parallel sessions. “How [not] to get old?”

Session 4: “Ageing path”

Old age is lonely and sad… Old age is the time to be a grandmother and a grandfather… The old person is disabled and can’t take care of themselves… This state doesn’t need old people... Myths and stereotypes about the mature age start to limit our concept of how we can live upon retirement long before this time. Discussing how to get rid of stereotypes, see gifts and resources of the old age and live a full life upon retirement and how the society can help old people realize their potential.

Questions to be discussed: 
     • How are we made to age? Attitude of the society to ageing, myths and reality
     • How can the senior stay independent and a subject of their own life? 
     • The senior in the service of their families: excessive load or activity driver? 
     • Feeling of a full life: role of the art, technologies and developed infrastructure
     • Role of old people in local community organization
     • Volunteer management
     • Old age as the time of new discoveries, impressions and activities
Invited participants: 
Irina Antonova, President of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
Alla Radchenko, Candidate of Medical Science, Associate Professor, physician of superior expert category, consultant in psychotherapy of the Medical Centre of the Department for Presidential Affairs of the Russian Federation
Elizaveta Sadova, Academic Director of Executive Education programs of SKOLKOVO Moscow School of Management
Tatyana Drozdova, Founder of Young Old Project
Anastasia Lazibnaya, “Baba-Deda” Project Manager
Bayan Akhmetzhanova, President of “Ardager” Public Association (Kazakhstan)
Lucia Suleymanova, clinical psychologist (Russian National Medical University), Candidate of Psychological Sciences and Social Psychologist
Natalya Linkova, founder of portal and “Babushka na chas” project
Artem Metelev, Co-Chairman of the Volunteer Centre Association Council
Svetlana Fain, Director of Friends of Saint Giles’ ANO

Session 5: Meetup: “Practices and Policies of Active Ageing: All-Russia Research of RANEPA”
Speaker: Dmitry Rogozin, Manager of the Laboratory of the Institute of Social Analysis and Forecasting of RANEPA
Panel members: Maria Vyrskaya, Nadezhda Galieva and Elena Vyugovkaya (researchers of the Laboratory of the Institute of Social Analysis and Forecasting of RANEPA)

Session 6:  Barrier-free environment: Corporate experience in organization of projects for old people 
The ability to use technologies becomes one of the most significant factors of social adaptation as for the present-day senior citizens. The society and state face the following tasks: how to teach people of ripe age to use technologies, where and who should do this, how to teach those who will teach old people to take account of their specifics. Business, independently or in cooperation with the state. These actions will be the most successful in solving this task. Representatives of corporations implementing such projects, as part of their social responsibility, will share their experience and the most efficient methods of dealing with senior citizens.
Invited participants: 
Representatives of MTS
Representatives of Rostelecom

Session 7: “We are the future old men. XYZ in the old age”
The session is devoted to futuristic scenarios, innovative views on the process of ageing and old age design. Topics vary from artificial intelligence to cryogenic freezing. This session is for visionaries from different fields of studies – sociology, genetics, bio-informatics, neurobiology, cultural studies, psychology, and ethnography.

Questions to be discussed: 
    • Is it possible to live without ageing?
    • Is there a medicine against ageing?
    • What can we do tomorrow in order to delay ageing?
    • How long will our children and grandchildren live?
    • Is human immortality possible?
Invited participants:
Maxim Skulachev,  biological faculty leading scientific worker, "Skulachev's ion's" project deputy head
Evgeniya Shamis, founder and coordinator of RuGenerations project “Theory of Generations in Russia”
Leonid Gavrilov and Natalya Gavrilova, gerontologists, employees of the Center on Aging, Chicago University 
Aleksey Moskalev, Head of Life Time and Ageing Genetics Laboratory, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology 
Andrey Afanasyev, specialist in bio-informatics, founder of Ibinom


Plenary session – Summary

Discussion of hypotheses of answers to the question: “Where lies the good of the old people”. Processing of the obtained information for its usage in own practices. Development of the final document of the Conference


Formal closing of the Conference, glass of wine, entertainment program