It’s Nice to be Old (Старость в радость)

Russian Federation
Implemented by: 
Women's Volunteer Group "It's Nice to be Old" (Старость в радость)
Relevant MIPAA Issues: 
II-5 (Mental health needs of older persons)
III-3 (Neglect, abuse and violence)

Founded in 2006 by Ms. Liza Oleskina and Ms. Marina Kochevalova, the volunteer group visits nursing homes to care for the elderly residents. The goal is to make the residents feel they were not abandoned or forgotten. The project now covers more than 85 nursing homes in Moscow and other regions and many volunteers act as "remote grandchildren" by writing letters and being a pen pal for the older persons.