Sports, dancing, new things: What do Moscow Longevitites really get up to

September 28
Social sector

Moscow Longevity was launched in March 2018. The Moscow authorities established it to help senior citizens who had to much free time on their hands. Those taking part use all the opportunities available to self-improve themselves: they go in for sports, get more interested in the arts, study foreign languages plus new technologies. Two years after its launch, doctors have pointed out that all this activity also has a therapeutic effect.

Over the course of two years, over 216,000 senior citizens living in Moscow, almost 1,500 organisations and more than 7,500 teachers in 44 areas have taken part.

Moscow Longevity participants and their activities

The most popular thing is sports: Nordic walking, Zumba, yoga, Qigong, table tennis, recreational gymnastics and other forms of fitness training. Last year during the summer 8,500 went in for outdoors sports, and this August there were 23,000.

In addition to sports, participants can choose painting, singing and craft classes, landscape design, foreign languages, ICT and lectures on the history of Moscow. Over the year, the number of clubs and classes available in each Moscow district has almost doubled. For example, theatre courses were made available during the Year of Theatre.

Moscow Longevitites mainly go for several classes at once, combining sports and the arts.

Full list of clubs and classes is available on the project’s website.

Are you eligible?

Women should be 55 or over and men 60 plus. People in Moscow who retired early are also allowed to join classes and training sessions. However, they must be permanently registered in Moscow and have no serious medical problems. People can sign up for classes at their nearest My Documents Public Service Centre office or any social service centre.

Where do classes take place?

Moscow Longevity classes are held at subcontractor ogranisations such as schools, polyclinics, city parks and public gardens, cultural centres, fitness complexes and art centres. There are 3,000 venues all across Moscow.

After the pandemic, outdoor classes resumed on 1 August, with 325 organisations involved. They work with almost 1,500 groups.

Intellectual clubs and sports are popular among those who live in Moscow. They also take pleasure in lectures and seminars held at 26 leading Moscow universities. Participants in the Kind Bus section have been enjoying tours around the city. Workshops, concerts, creative events and training sessions are held regularly at the social service district centres.

Information can also be found on the project’s website.

What does the project give to its participants?

At the end of 2019, the Russian Association of Gerontologists and Geriatricians carried out the first study among the Moscow Longevity participants. The results showed that they are in good health and that it is easier for them to tolerate physical and cognitive stress. People it seems get less depressed and are generally more independent and self-reliant. Doctors noted that those who are simultaneously engaged in several activities and combine education, the arts and physical training have the best indicators.

A medical rehabilitation project, Longevity Training, was launched to support the health of the participants. It is being implemented at 49 city polyclinics. The course can be taken twice a year on the referral from a doctor and it lasts 10 weeks.

Experts also developed a classifier of activities for which certain classes are recommended for those who want to use the programme to improve their health. For example, English and ICT clubs can help improve people’s memory and prevent dementia. Beading classes are a good way of developing fine motor skills in the hands after a stroke. Vocal exercises train the diaphragm and relieve psychological problems.

Moscow Longevity helps senior citizens socialise. Several participants visit each other after classes and even start new circles of friends. In these cases, the programmealso saves people from being alone in the great city.


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