Havinson's Greeting

Associate Member of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Vice President of the Gerontological Society of the Russian Academy of Sciences, President of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics - European region, Director of the St. Petersburg Institute of Bioregulation and Gerontology.

Nowadays enhancing the efficiency of treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of elderly people, as well as development of health and social care system, together with fundamental research in gerontology and geriatrics are the burning issues of healthcare and medical science.

Demographic issues and aspects of health, mortality rate decrease, and enhancement of quality of life are discussed alongside with major political topics. The level of the society development is largely defined by its attitude to older people.

In 22 years of independence the Republic of Kazakhstan has grown into one of the key states of Eurasia, recognized economic and political leader in Central Asia, whose opinion has considerable weight in world politics. During this time, the country has achieved much success in the development of a unique national culture, traditions, science and politics. In the recent years the government of Kazakhstan pays special attention to the problem of demography and aging. Increasing number of older people is nowadays a global phenomenon. It entails a multiple medical, social and economic problems and affects all spheres of life. The search of the solutions of these problems is of utmost importance for the Republic Kazakhstan and worldwide.

The government of Kazakhstan is now actively working to strengthen the integration of the Kazakh medical and social science into the international scientific community. I believe that cooperation of Kazakh and European specialists will contribute to the development of new approaches in the field of gerontology and geriatrics and will attract the attention of the society to the problems of the elderly.

I wish my Kazakh colleagues active longevity, fruitful work and new advances in scientific and practical aspects of gerontology!