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The townspeople are provided with material support. All conditions are also created so that they continue to lead an active lifestyle.

October 1 is celebrated around the world as the International Day of Older Persons. In Moscow, this date is declared the Day of the older generation. Almost three million residents of the capital are pensioners. Now that Muscovites over 65 are at risk of a pandemic, the city has increased its concern for them even more. Told about it Anastasia Rakova, Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Social Development.

“More than 475 thousand Muscovites are over 80 years old, and almost 760 people have crossed the 100-year mark. The city does its best to support every citizen. We always provide the representatives of the older generation with material support and create all the conditions for them to continue to lead an active and interesting lifestyle. Starting September 28, Muscovites over 65 are advised to stay at home. Also, starting from October 5, employers must transfer older residents of the capital to remote work. We understand that today we must take even more care of all those at risk. That is why we have organized a hotline that any older Muscovite can turn to for help. So, social workers will help in buying and delivering food, medicine and essential goods, ”she said.

There are several areas of social support for the older generation in Moscow: payments and benefits, social services and targeted social assistance. All pensioners who find themselves in difficult life situations can count on targeted social assistance in various forms (material, food, material).

Currently, the city social standard (pension and additional payment) of the minimum income of a non-working pensioner is 19.5 thousand rubles, which is two thousand more than at the beginning of last year. The average regional social supplement is more than six thousand rubles. From January 1, 2020, all monthly payments to certain privileged categories of veterans and pensioners have been indexed by 5.6 percent.

Support during a pandemic

The city also provides support in difficult times. Thus, with the introduction of a high alert regime, social services were instructed to provide services to people at risk who should stay at home. During this time, more than 1.85 million new potential recipients were added who did not contact social services before the pandemic. Seven thousand social workers, 2.5 thousand social assistants and 1.6 thousand volunteers delivered food, medicine and essential goods to Muscovites. In total, during the period of temporary restrictive measures, employees of Moscow social service centers provided residents with almost four million different services.

Starting September 28, Muscovites over 65 are advised to stay at home. This measure will protect the people most vulnerable to the virus. In this regard, it was decided to resume the work of the hotline: +7 (495) 870-45-09. Social workers are again delivering groceries, medicines, pet food and other essentials to the home. Anyone can get psychological help on the same phone number.

Caring for veterans

The Moscow government takes special care of the veterans of the Great Patriotic War. In the jubilee year, the city’s one-time payment for Victory Day was increased.

In the interests of veterans, modern forms of social services have been created and are actively developing. The nursing service at the Moscow House of War and Armed Forces Veterans (Retirees) serves 852 single war veterans. A remote system “Panic Button” operates around the clock to provide emergency assistance (about 23 thousand people are served).

If it is impossible to provide proper care to an elderly person at home, he can turn to a boarding house for labor veterans for help. The establishments work for those who need constant round-the-clock care and support.

In Moscow, there are 11 boarding houses for war and labor veterans, in which four thousand older Muscovites live, of which about 700 are veterans of the Great Patriotic War. For each resident of the institution, a full range of social and medical services is being developed: they all receive food, care, choose classes according to their interests. The boarding houses have a barrier-free environment, the corridors are equipped with comfortable handrails and ramps, the living rooms have functional beds and lifts.

Active lifestyle

One of the main centers of attraction for representatives of the older generation are the club spaces “My Social Center”, in which 322 clubs operate (more than 3.5 thousand activities are provided). They are currently working online. Citizens will continue to communicate and lead an active lifestyle using modern communication platforms.

In addition, the project is being implemented “Moscow longevity”, which in two years has become a whole social movement of successful, optimistic and active people. At the beginning of the year, about 215,000 older Muscovites took part in the project. Now “Moscow Longevity” continues to work in two formats – online and in the fresh air.

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