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Danish law defines senior citizens as 60+ persons. In each local municipality there must be a Senior Citizens’ Council (SCC), elected by senior citizens. The object of these councils (98 in all the country) is to work as an intermediary between the City Council and the elder population of the particular municipality.
According to Danish Law, the City Council is obliged to consult its SCC before any final decision is reached in matters affecting the elderly. Typical matters would be primary health care, traffic planning, infrastructure, cultural policy, handicap policy, and the standard of public service for elderly and handicapped people. Most important, however, is the potential influence on the City Council´s proposal of the municipal budget for the following year.
The 98 local SCCs comprise around 1,000 members, all of whom hold a broad knowledge of elderly people´s way of living, their needs, dreams and potentialities. The Councils are a good example of a Danish democratic involvement of elderly people in creating and maintaining active ageing.
During the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, the Danish National Association of Senior Citizens’ Councils (NASCC) will take action to promote work for local democracy across generations. Mutual understanding and respect across generations is crucial for the cohesive force of any society.
As a commitment with the EY 2012, NASCC will celebrate two national conferences:
Both conferences will include a mix of presentations and workshops. After them, a report will be published and broadly posted to relevant stakeholders.
The National Association of Senior Citizens' Councils (NASCC) |
The National Association of Senior Citizens´'Councils (NASCC) is a voluntary organization. Its membership consists of 98 Senior Citizens' Councils, each representing one of the 98 municipalities in Denmark.
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