The future of the older generation
Specialists in the social and medical fields, well-known academics, politicians, company leaders, and representatives of voluntary organisations met at the Lenexpo Exhibition Complex to discuss the issues facing the older generation.
At the opening of the Senior Generation Forum, held in St. Petersburg from 27 to 30 March, Alexander Rzhanenkov, Chairman of the St. Petersburg Social Policy Committee, noted that the exhibition has become an essential platform for the city, where government, industry, and science can demonstrate the results of their combined intense efforts to improve the quality of life of retired people. He said that older people now accounted for nearly 25% of St. Petersburg’s population.
Valery Kolabutin, Chairman of the St. Petersburg Health Committee, also welcomed those assembled and drew their attention to the fact that in recent years, health development programmes have focused particularly on the provision of essential medical aid for elderly people in the fields of dentistry, ophthalmology, and prosthetics.
According to Vladimir Khavinson, President of the European branch of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, St. Petersburg is now the ‘oldest’ city, not only in Russia, but also in Europe: its residents include 1,115,000 people of retirement age, which is almost a fifth of the city’s total population.
On 28 March, Galina Kolosova, Vice-Chair of the St. Petersburg Social Policy Committee, announced at the opening of the Childhood Planet 2013 exhibition of goods and services for children and families that the demographic situation in St. Petersburg was changing for the better.
The foundations of a new model for the domestic food market were laid on 21Ц22 March at the Lenexpo Exhibition Complex during the first Russian National Farming Cooperative Congress, which was attended by 904 delegates and 162 guests from 80 Russian regions.
Cutting-edge equipment and services used to address environmental protection tasks and ensure ecological safety were presented at an exposition covering more than 6,000 square metres as part of the XIII Ecology of the Big City international forum. The importance of the event in the industry was confirmed by the attendance of 2,500 specialists.
On 22 March the СAgrorus Ц RegionsТ national agricultural exhibition and the first Russian National Farming Cooperative Congress opened in St Petersburg.
The Russian International Energy Forum will serve as the venue for the signing of major industry contracts, boosting innovation in the energy sector.
The far-reaching educational and entertainment programme of the Childhood Planet exhibition will be augmented this year by new events aimed at developing creativity among children and teens.
The 2013 Energetika & Elektrotechnika exhibition will, for the first time, feature a number of international companies, including Kon?ar (Croatia), StarPower (Italy), Sahra Kablo (Turkey), Doha Cables (Qatar), and Pentair (Germany).