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Eldercare in transition(s): the special case of Russia

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This article reviews the organisation and delivery of social services for older persons in the Russian Federation – the major post-communist transitional economy. At the outset, we outline the basic demographic and epidemiological characteristics of population ageing in Russia; we focus on those characteristics that determine or influence the formation of needs for social services for older persons. The main content of the article is devoted to the evolution of policy in the field of social services for older citizens of Russia. The article concludes with a brief outline of future perspectives in addressing the social care needs in the country.
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Keywords: OLDER PERSONS; RUSSIA; SOCIAL SERVICES; TRANSITION

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Email: [email protected] 2: Email: [email protected]

Publication date: February, 2019

This article was made available online on January 30, 2019 as a Fast Track article with title: "Eldercare in transition(s): the special case of Russia".

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