Senior Citizens Councils

The National Association of Senior Citizens Councils

The National Association of Senior Citizens Councils (also called the Senior Citizens Committees) is a voluntary nationwide organization, which consists of Senior Citizens Councils, each representing one of the 98 municipalities in Denmark.

The official name in Danish is: DANSKE ÆLDRERÅD. The secretariat is situated in Copenhagen. Potential members are the Senior Citizens Councils from the municipalities. Only Councils can join The National Association of Senior Citizens Councils.

Each Senior Citizens Council is elected on a democratic basis, by the senior citizens (defined by all those who have turned 60 years) living in the municipality. It is stated by law in Denmark that all municipalities shall have a Senior Citizens Council. Their purpose is to work as a connection between the elderly people and the local decisionmakers, by being consulted in all matters regarding elderly people.

By being a member of The National Association of Senior Citizens Councils, each council will have a national, political representation, in relation to national politics, as well as in relation to other national NGOs. The Association is completely neutral when is comes to party-political matters – and primarily makes an effort to support the Senior Citizens Councils.

The National Association of Senior Citizens Councils is the national secretariat for all of the Senior Citizen Councils, whom holds a membership. Through counselling, newsletters, conferences and workshops with different themes, the association is trying to help Councils around the country and also to promote the work within the different municipalities. The function of the Association is also to support and put focus on the political work, which is being carried out by the local members of the Senior Citizens Council – but without interfering.

The National Association of Senior Citizens Councils work, amongst other things, is to arrange courses, publish newsletters and reports – and also we advise the Senior Citizens Councils whenever they have any doubts.

 

The idea is that the Senior Citizens Councils contain many experiences of how elder’s way of living in Denmark is – their needs and possibilities. The Senior Citizens Councils need to exchange experiences within this field, so that they can develop this work together.

The knowledge, which is being shared between the councils – concerning elder’s way of living, is being gathered and passed on to the government, the parliament, the counties and the municipalities – by the The National Association of Senior Citizens Councils.

The Association union has a committee, which consists of 11 representatives, each elected in – and representing – the council they belong to. The president of the board is Bent Aa. Rasmussen from Svendborg Senior Council.

The History of the Senior Citizens Councils

In 1996 the Ministry of Social Affairs enforced a law that all municipalities had to elect Senior Citizens Council. Before passing this law, Councils had been established on a voluntary basis in some of the counties as well.

The Senior Citizens Councils have created a whole new era within Danish elder politics and it’s administrative ways. The idea is that the Senior Citizens Councils has to have influence on radical decisions and ways of acting in municipalities and counties on all the areas concerning the elder population.

More information
If you need more information on the Senior Citizens Councils or The National Association of Senior Citizens Councils, please feel free to contact our secretariat.
E-mail: info@danske-aeldreraad.dk
Phone: +45 3877 0160