Tampere has been committed to developing a strong vision that will allow its senior citizens to feel safe and happy while staying at home for longer periods of time. TampereSenior - Ageing Society as a Possibility is a strategic programme that will run from 2012 to 2020 and will aim to:
• seek new approaches that enable older people to be more active
members of society and policy-making participants,
• collaborate on various research initiatives and structural changes carried out in collaboration with the city,
• disseminate examples of good practice
• encourage the development of new businesses and technologies that address ageing issues through customer-oriented services for the elderly
• collect information on the challenges and opportunities of an ageing society
The program brings together local governments, NGOs, the third sector, businesses, senior citizens, and universities to begin innovative collaboration in order to make the city a better place to live for people of all ages. The Deputy Mayor for Senior Citizens' Services chairs the steering committee of the Future Group program. Four work priorities have been established:
1. Civil society must be strengthened.
2. Supporting older people's employment,
3. Creating environments for independent living and constructing a barrier-free city
4. accumulating scientific knowledge on ageing
TampereSenior also establishes concrete goals for developing services for older people, such as the "IPU" project (from hospital to home) between 2013 and 2016, which aims to reduce hospitalization days through home-based care. In the short term, the emphasis is on developing personal and household services, as well as preventive services, to allow people to remain at home.