Adding life to years
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The Elderly Council has founded in 2019 by Muratpaşa Municipality, Turkey. The council intends to shape a platform from where elder people, who aged over 60, have a voice for and in city. The main aim of the Elderly Council is making friendly environment from an elderly perspective, taking into account their perceptions and views. The principal goal is providing participatory democracy dynamics through a working voluntary basis.
Right now, there are 60 volunteers, composed by 30 women and 30 men. The executive committee determined 7 sub-committees in the first meeting. These are; rights of older persons, sustainable and accessible city, environment, intergenerational relationships, healthy aging, lifelong learning, culture and art. The council enables to make visible elder people’s experiences. In general, they were satisfied with their participation in the council since they were able to express themselves and their demands. Overall they have felt valuable and productive, working for their own community and claims.

Key facts

Main target group: Older people in general

Sector(s): Information and communication, Urban development

Desired outcome for older people:

Other issues the Age-friendly practice aims to address:
  • Ageism
  • Accessibility
  • Ageing in place
  • Elder abuse
  • Intergenerational activities
  • Inclusion
  • Participation

Contact details

Name: Vural Korkmaz

Email address:

Age-friendly practice in detail (click to expand):

Engaging the wider community

Project lead: Local authorities

Others involved in the project:
  • Civil Society Organisation
  • Volunteers

How collaboration worked: This project doesn’t need funding because all members are volunteers.

Older people’s involvement: Older people were involved in the age-friendly practice at multiple or all stages

Details on older people’s involvement: Participate the decision-making processes about elders.

Moving forward

Has the impact of this age-friendly practice been analysed: Yes

Was the impact positive or negative:

Yes, we have many positive feedbacks. Because of the council, elder people feel productive and valuable.

Looking back

In the establishment phase while instructions are arrenging the election process is the one of the most difficulties because of they are fragile age group.