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Как живете, старичье? Анализ процессов старения в обществах разного типа

The article analyzes various aspects of aging. Increased social vulnerability is a tough reality of older ages, but developed societies have learned to create conditions for "successful aging". Unfortunately, the circumstances of the life of Russian seniors cannot be called comfortable. Russians meet old age not protected either from the point of view of health, nor from the point of view of material circumstances. The health care system is unreliable, the majority do not believe that it will be able to get the necessary help when it is needed. The existing pension system does not provide material well-being, and limited resources at working age do not allow making the necessary savings that provide a comfortable life in the elderly. The situation is exacerbated by the absence of horizontal links that could dampen the rigidity of social circumstances. Social actors of older age place themselves at the lowest levels of the social ladder. Life in Russian society does not allow one to accumulate and convert resources, for the majority it's not an achievement, but a loss of youth's expectations.