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Monday, 06 March 2017

DOI: 10.21045/2071-5021-2017-53-1-4

Demina E.N., Portova L.Z.
Federal State Budgetary Institution Saint-Petersburg Scientific Practical Centre of Medical and Social Expertise, Prosthetics and Rehabilitation of the Disabled named after G.A. Albrecht, of the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation

Contacts: Ella Demina, e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Information about authors:
Demina E.N., http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1961-0779
Portova L.Z., http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6424-4560
Acknowledgments.The study had no sponsorship.
Conflct of interests. The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Abstract. Population ageing challenges the globe. Since the mid of the XX century ageing is progressing all over the world. It is accompanied by age-specific changes, health worsening, difficulties with independent living, mobility disorders and some other limitations affecting quality of life. Therefore, improving quality of life of the elderly remains a priority. Use of different forms of social work restores behavioral, personal and psychological characteristics i.e. improves life quality of the elderly.

The purpose was to study different forms of social work with the elderly improving their life quality.

Material and methods. The authors have selected 32 literature sources for analysis (a total of 187 sources were analyzed). Selection criteria included information about different forms of work with the elderly that improve their quality of life issues related to social and daily living adaptation, ergotherapy, social and psychological assistance, training in social communication, assistance in social and cultural adaptation and rehabilitation, health and fitness activities.

Results. Majority of the countries are paying a more focused attention to gerontology issues. An elderly person experiences age-specific changes as well as health disorders affecting quality and mode of living, problems of self-maintaining and locomotion emerge, social communication decreases and working activity terminates or limits. Use of various forms of social work restores behavioral, personal and social characteristics resulting in better life quality of the elderly.


  1. Use of a complex of social work forms contributes to improving life quality of the elderly.
  2. The reviewed forms of social work improve social well-being of the elderly.
  3. Use of different forms of social work restores behavioral, personal and social characteristics of the elderly.

Keywords: the elderly; forms of social work; life quality.


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