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Sanna Turoma
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Conference Coordinator
Kaarina Aitamurto
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Maarit Elo-Valente
maarit.elo-valente [at] helsinki.fi

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Miikka Piiroinen
miikka.piiroinen [at] helsinki.fi

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Past Aleksanteri Conferences

Julia Zelikova (Higher School of Economics, Russia)

Successful Aging in Contemporary Russia

I consider successful aging as a synonym of quality of life, life satisfaction, and subjective well-being in later life. Therefore, the main aim of the project is to find the possibilities and barriers for successful aging in contemporary Russia. This project investigates subjective well-being of older people in different regions of Russia. I consider the subjective well-being (SWB) of older people as an important evidence of the extent to which society meets the needs of its members. In other words, research on SWB among older adults can provide an important strategy for understanding the effects of macro-level structures and processes on the quality of life in the later life period. The vast majority of research on subjective well-being (SWB) to date focuses on the relationships between objective life conditions and perceived life quality. I would like to understand the predictors of successful aging in Russia. This is the central question of my research. To answer it, I undertake three tasks: (1) create and estimate a dynamic model of the determinants of SWB, (2) identify the dynamics of SWB across the life course, and (3) compare levels of SWB among older adults across Russia's regions. This research project combines qualitative and quantitative methods in order to investigate the influence of social and individual factors on the level of SWB in the late life period, and also to understand the meanings and values older people attribute to past and present circumstances of their life.