The Moscow authorities have launched a new project of monitoring “risk zones” among elderly lonely people with disabilities, reports RIA Novosti. To this end, social workers will be involved, and Internet activity of such people will be monitored: if a person does not register with the clinic, does not apply for banking services, or does not use a travel card, that would alert the social services.
The deputy mayor of Moscow for social issues, Anastasia Rakova, has produced the following statistics: there are currently 3 million elderly people living in the capital, of whom 185 000 are lonely disabled persons. Some of them are over 80 years old. According to Rakova social services cannot regularly visit all these people in order to learn about the situation of each of them, since there are simply no such number of employees in the social services. However, this can be done with the help of digital technology.
In order to identify “risk zones” among elderly disabled people, the Moscow authorities will start monitoring with the help of social workers, and using modern digital technologies. For this purpose, the Internet activity of such people will be monitored: if the person does not request medical help or does not not use the Muscovite travel card, he or she would be visited by a social worker.
It is also reported that a “Third Age University” has opened in Moscow – an educational project for the elderly. This project will allow Moscow pensioners to study a foreign language for free, learn the basics of financial and legal literacy, master a computer and various gadgets, get a profession. Education is free.