Shimanovskaya Ya.V., Gaponenko G., Sarychev A.S.
INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES IN SOCIAL WORK WITH CITIZENS OF THE ELDERLY AND OLD AGE ON SOLVING THEIR SOCIAL PROBLEMS: A SOCIAL AND PEDAGOGICAL APPROACH
Shimanovskaya Ya.V.1 (Moscow, Russian Federation) – E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Gaponenko G.1 (Beersheba, Israel) – E-mail: email@example.com, Sarychev A.S.2 (Arkhangelsk, Russian Federation) – E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
1Russian State Social University
2Northern State Social University
Abstract. Against the background of the aging of the population and the trend towards the separation of a small family in modern society, the urgency of the problems of older people, who are increasingly faced with loneliness, social isolation and depression, leading to a decrease in their standard of living, is becoming more acute. The article discusses innovative methods of social work used to help the elderly, on the basis of the Department of Social Work in Beer Sheva, Israel. These methods are aimed at improving the quality of life of this socio-demographic group of citizens, their socialization, rehabilitation and habilitation. These include clubs for the elderly, health groups, training in professional and domestic skills, advisory work, and more. The theme of support for family members of the elderly is touched upon. Special attention is paid to working with a group of elderly Holocaust survivors, an analogy is drawn between them and WWII veterans in terms of effective methods of providing socio-psychological support. The article also discusses some projects developed and launched by the department for working with the elderly of the Department of Social Work: health days, training in computer literacy, self-service culinary skills, the formation of mutual aid communities on a territorial basis, the “Together” project aimed at supporting family members of the elderly living in the nursing home in Beersheba. All projects are aimed at improving the quality of life of older people, the realization and support of their physical, psychological and cognitive potential.
Keywords: innovations, elderly, therapy, rehabilitation, Israel, projects.
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