Coping with old age
Many elderly Russians spend their final years alone in nursing homes. Many have led interesting and difficult lives. Many have drinking problems. Most had children, and hoped that they could count on them in old age. However, in some cases their children died first, or put them in homes and stop by once a month to take 15% of their parents’ pensions. All residents of homes pay 75% of their pension for care. Elderly Russians wind up in nursing homes for different reasons. Some are put there by their children. Others lost their homes to fire, or are unable to care for themselves anymore. Some come straight from prison or off the streets. All of these different people with their ingrained habits have to share the same social space. Some fall in love, come to feel at home in these institutions and lead enriching lives, while others continue to drink and run wild, living out their final days alone.