Kolyazina Larisa Viktorovna, Postgraduate student, Saratov State University (building 7, 120 Bolshaya Kazachya street, Saratov, Russia), E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Background. Elderly age, as one of the stages of human life, due to the increase in life expectancy, has become a significant and fulfilling period. This stage is still characterized for the Russian reality by a reduced range of resources and opportunities to ensure an average level of life quality. As a result, representatives of the third-age group are on the periphery of public life, acting as an economically untenable category of citizens in need of support and care at least from the family and the state.
Materials and methods. The work is based on the results of quantitative sociological research (questionnaire) conducted as part of the research group of the Department of sociology of social work of the Saratov State University in 2018–2019 in Saratov and Saratov region (the total sample population was 421 people).
Results. The article, based on the results of quantitative research, presents an analysis of modern practices of care for the elderly people by relatives, organizations of various profiles, and private, civil initiatives. Some problem areas of various forms of assistance and care are described, further prospects of their development are indicated.
Conclusions. Among the sources that implement practices for the care of elderly people identified: traditional – the state and the family; modern, acquiring the systematic nature of the civil initiative (the legal entity) and neighborly help and care. In terms of importance, family and relatives remain the dominant sources of care for elderly family members. Citizens living in the neighborhood constitute the second most important support tier. And in third place is the state practice, characterized as formal but systematic.
care, social work, support, elderly person, family, neighborhood, volunteers
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