The Foster Family as a Means of Promoting Social Inclusion of Older People in the Russian North
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The ageing population of the Arctic is changing demand for health and social care systems. In Russia, the growing number of older people risk social isolation, particularly in rural northern areas characterised by a remote location and out-migration of younger people and care professionals to larger cities, resulting in lower availability and quality of care services for older people. Remaining community contacts have become a good resource in meeting the needs of older people sin rural areas of Arctic Russia lacking institutional forms of support. In this chapter, we introduce the innovative foster family programme, which pairs lonely old people with foster families, as an alternative form of care provision. The main case study is Arkhangelsk in the Russian Arctic, which is characterised by geographical remoteness, rurality and “northerness”.
KeywordsFoster family Older people Russian Arctic Arkhangelsk Remote location Rural area Loneliness
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