The Espoo Elderly Council acts as a representative and advocate of senior citizens in municipal decision-making. The Elderly Council includes the perspective of ageing Espoo residents in the context of city services and urban planning.
The council includes 14 actual members, each of whom has a personal deputy member. Eight of the actual members and deputy members represent organisations for the elderly, while six actual members and deputy members represent the city’s administrative branches.
The Elderly Council convenes 3–4 times a year. Once a year, the Elderly Council invites representatives of organisations for the elderly to a cooperation event, which covers current matters regarding elderly policies and proposals the organisations have made to the city administration.
Tasks and operating principles
Espoo Elderly Council
- Promotes the cooperation of authorities, senior citizens and organisations for the elderly within the city.
- Monitors the development of the needs of the elderly in the city area.
- Monitors any decision-making of the city administration that affects the general conditions of the city from the perspective of the elderly.
- Promotes the opportunities of senior citizens to be involved in and influence public decision-making.
- Promotes coping among the elderly with regard to various social functions, such as housing, social and health services, social security, cultural and hobby activities and other municipal services.
- Monitors the development of services, support measures and other benefits produced by the city for senior citizens, and works with the city’s various administrative branches to inform organisations for the elderly about the development and availability of services and support measures intended for senior citizens.
- Influences the planning and implementation of the environment in such a way that public facilities and other corresponding locations are suitable for persons with limited mobility and functional and navigational capability due to age, disability or illness.
- Prepares initiatives and proposals, and issues statements to city authorities in matters regarding the elderly.
- Handles communications with regard to matters processed by the council.
- Prepares an action plan, budget and annual report.
- Handles other tasks included in the domain of the Elderly Council, as well as any tasks assigned by the City Board.