INTEGRATED SENIOR POLICY PROJECT
(FINALIST 2018) Assisting senior citizens: addressing the needs of senior citizens in Opole, Poland by providing a variety of new care services.
About every fourth inhabitant of Opole is a senior citizen. Using the potential of this group of inhabitants and implementing projects aimed at the specific problems and needs of this group, is an important element of the city's development policy. The city of Opole is implementing a number of integrated measures in this area, as part of its senior citizens project. Within the framework of the project, the city helps older or disabled residents who are in a difficult situation, concerning life and economics. Several dozen people in need receive support in the form of hot meals delivered to their home, as well as assistance in the form of care services. The project also introduces: an "Opole Senior" card for people aged 65 and over, providing discounts at cooperating municipal and private partners; a dedicated information and education centre for seniors, run with the cooperation and participation of senior citizens; activities aimed at overcoming stereotypical perceptions of seniors and strengthening the positive image of seniors; as well as the construction of a residential complex for seniors. The Senior Citizens' Home will provide over one hundred flats in three buildings.