Helsinki invests in cultural activities for its elderly citizens

Helsinki invests in cultural activities for its elderly citizens

It has reserved 1.3 million euros for artistic and cultural projects that promote the inclusion of older people

In many countries, older people often feel ignored and forgotten. For many, each day feels the same as time passes slowly and in solitude. This is a serious problem that many cities have recently begun to address, launching various initiatives that focus on older people and their needs.

On April 19, the Finnish capital took a step towards improving the lives of its senior citizens by announcing that it had set aside 1.3 million euros for cultural activities for the elderly. Specifically, the City of Helsinki will provide grant funding promote projects that bring cultural activities closer to seniors.

Projects should place particular emphasis on promote the inclusion and empowerment of older people. In addition to this, they must consider those who live at home in, for example, implement digital solutions.

So that everyone can find something that interests them, the activities must be diverse and in various fields. Thus, the elderly must be able to choose among theatre, dance, circus, music, cinema, crafts and visual arts.

A growing elderly population

Explaining why it is crucial to promote cultural activities for the elderly, the Finnish capital notes that over 114,000 people living in the city are over the age of 65. In just one decade, this number has increased by 26,000. What’s more, it is expected to grow even more in the years to come.

Expanding on this, the city of Helsinki reports that the share of its elderly population is expected to increase from the current 17% to more than 21% by 2049. In other words, the current number of older people would increase by more than 67,000 over the next three decades.

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