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The Elderly Citizens Council is a body that influences the planning, preparation and monitoring of the city’s activities in matters that are relevant to the wellbeing, health, inclusion, living environment, housing and mobility of the elderly, or the performance of their daily activities and the services they need.
The Helsinki Elderly Citizens Council consists of representatives of organisations for the elderly, permanent specialists of the city and elected political officials. The City Board appointed the current Elderly Citizens Council in 2023. The council’s term of office is two years.
Tasks of the Elderly Citizens Council
The Elderly Citizens Council ensures that the elderly have the opportunity to participate and influence by:
- Highlighting the perspective of elderly residents through presentations, statements and opinions
- Participating in the preparation of the city’s statutory welfare plan to support elderly residents
- Monitoring that when developing services, the municipality ensures that they are adequate and suitable for the elderly
- Contributing to communication on services and the opportunity to influence
- Promoting cooperation between the City of Helsinki and organisations working with the elderly
Members of the Elderly Citizens Council for the 2023-2025 term
Liisa Hangonmäki, Helsingin Kunnalliset Eläkeläiset
Susanna Lehtovaara, Jade-yhteisö ry
Erik Wallin, Samrådet i SPF Helsingfors rf
|Pirkko Linder, Lutheran Church in Helsinki|
|Pirjo-Liisa Kangasniemi, Helsingin kansallinen senioripiiri ry|
|Maarit Turu-Gromoff, Alzheimer’s Association of Helsinki|
|Marja Ruotsalainen, The Association of Carers in Helsinki and Vantaa|
|Olli Salin, Eläkeläisten Helsingin Aluejärjestö ry, vice chairperson|
|Lahja Sjöblom, the Helsinki branch of the Central Association of Finnish Pensioners|
|Reetta Angelvo-Riipinen, Finns Party|
|Vesa Paavonen, Social Democratic Party of Finland|
|Päivi Riihilahti-Syvänen, National Coalition Party|
|Jussi Silvonen, Left Alliance|
|Auni-Marja Vilavaara, the Greens; chairperson|
|Tommi Sulander, Senior Specialist, City Executive Office|
|Silva Siponkoski, Development Specialist, Culture and Leisure Division|
|Sari Tenni, Education Manager, Education Division|
|Seija Meripaasi, Director of Hospital, Rehabilitation and Care Services, Social Services, Health Care and Rescue Services Division|
|Pirjo Tujula, Accessibility Representative, Urban Environment Division|
Meetings of the Elderly Citizens Council
The spring 2023 meetings of the Elderly Citizens Council were held on 20th September, 11th October, 15th November and 13th December.
Memoranda for meetings of the Elderly Citizens Council starting from 2021 are available below (only in Finnish).
Statements and opinions of the Elderly Citizens Council
Proposals, statements and opinions of the Elderly Citizens Council starting from 2021 are available below (only in Finnish).