Cover Osteuropa 5/2010

In Osteuropa 5/2010

The Visit with the Old Lady
Volunteers for “Joy in Old Age” in Pskov and Moscow

Marina Kočevalova

Deutsche Fassung


Often little is needed to please old people: singing, dancing, something to nibble on: Volunteers from the organisation “Joy in Old Age” do all this during their visits to retirement and nursing homes in and around Moscow and the Pskov Oblast. Often, the volunteers are the only contact with the outside world for the lonely old people, sometimes even salvation when they reveal grim hygienic conditions.

(Osteuropa 5/2010, pp. 289–298)