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For project participants, classes will be conducted in 30 areas.

For the autumn-winter season, the Moscow Longevity project has prepared an extensive online program. For representatives of the older generation, classes will be held in 30 areas. Sergei Sobyanin communicated with the project participants via videoconference, and also congratulated them on the International Day of Older Persons.

Traditionally, a large number of mass events are held in Moscow on this day. But this year, the pandemic has made its own adjustments and forced to abandon the large-scale celebration.

“I would like to congratulate you on the holiday – International Day of Older Persons. I don’t consider you old. You are older people. Very active, cheerful, very optimistic. And I wish that you always stay that way. I hope that our city programs will help you with this, will help you to survive the difficult times that the country and our city as a whole are experiencing. And especially, of course, we are worried about you, so that you survive the pandemic, to preserve your health and life, “said the Mayor of Moscow.

Sergei Sobyanin noted that the pandemic forced the curtailment of many offline programs of the Moscow Longevity, but many online classes appeared. Thus, for older Muscovites, classes were organized in music, theatrical art, general physical training, arts and crafts. They also play games and arrange virtual tours. A new online direction has also appeared – a literary workshop. The project participants will learn the secrets of literary skill and reveal their creative abilities: they will try to write a letter to a friend, a blog post, a memoir, a poem, a fairy tale and even a play.

At the beginning of this year, the Moscow Longevity project reached its maximum popularity among Moscow pensioners. More than 215 thousand people were engaged in circles and sections. 1440 partners have joined the program – 980 state and 460 non-state educational, sports and leisure organizations.

Older Muscovites thanked Sergei Sobyanin for the creation of Moscow Longevity. So, Nadezhda and Oleg Kharlamov have been involved in the project for the second year already.

“Thanks to the Moscow Longevity program, we felt more confident. All my life I dreamed of singing. Fortunately, this program gave me the opportunity to fulfill my dream, – said Nadezhda Kharlamova. – Now, since everything is closed, we were offered classes online. You know, we are so happy. We couldn’t even imagine how great it is. “

Due to the introduction of a self-isolation regime for the elderly, from March 16, offline classes in the Moscow Longevity project were forced to be suspended. At the same time, the work of many circles and sections continued in the online format.

Today 241 partners of the project offer its participants classes in 907 online groups. These opportunities have already been used by 50 thousand citizens.

Anzhelika Korshunova, a resident of Moscow, has also been a participant in the project since its inception. The woman became interested in painting, now she is doing it online. And during the self-isolation regime, she attended lessons in six areas – this is 12 hours a week.

“Self-isolation does not scare me at all, because the Moscow Longevity project gives us the opportunity to be involved in an active rhythm of life, to be always in touch with friends, with teachers, learn something new and not feel isolated from society,” said Angelica Korshunov. – I would like to thank you, Sergei Semenovich, for a wonderful project. I really want it to exist as long as possible. My life has become much richer, more interesting, more positive, I get great pleasure from this. “

Also, for representatives of the older generation, the club spaces “My Social Center” continue to work in an online format, they are in seven districts of the city.

Today, a new “My Social Center” is opening in the Lomonosov District, and nine more will start working by the end of the year. In 2021, it is planned to open 20 such centers. With their appearance, the number of regional centers in Moscow will reach 37.

In the online format, the townspeople can now participate in the activities of almost 100 clubs of interest, organized by the older Muscovites themselves in “My social centers”.

Through webinars and online seminars, club members share their knowledge and experience in choosing sports activities and products for a healthy diet.

“I hope we get through difficult times. There are still several months of a difficult period. At the exit there is no longer one, but two whole Russian vaccines, which will be produced in large quantities. And this, of course, will help defeat the pandemic. And after that we will return to online classes “Moscow Longevity”. Before the pandemic, tens, hundreds of thousands of Muscovites were engaged in circles and sections, the project is gaining popularity. And of course, we will, you rightly said, continue to develop online services within the framework of Moscow Longevity. It is clear that they are very comfortable, comfortable and acceptable for many Muscovites. It is already difficult for many to leave the house and, perhaps, it is more comfortable to study online. But this is also additional communication, this is an interesting job, ”said Sergei Sobyanin.

International Day of Older Persons is celebrated on October 1 by the decision of the UN General Assembly since 1991. In Russia, the holiday has been celebrated since 1992 on the basis of a resolution of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Russian Federation.

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