MIINA SILLANPÄÄ FOUNDATION
The Miina Sillanpää Foundation was founded in 1965. It organises, promotes and supports:
- rehabilitation services for working-age and elderly populations
- residential and other services for elderly people
- research and development that promote public health care.
The Miina Sillanpää Foundation itself is a non-profit organisation. Wilhelmiina Services Ltd. is the Company of the Foundation that offers homes, rehabilitation and other services for elderly people.
- We respect peoples uniqueness.
- We are innovative and emphasize social responsibility.
- Together we can make it.
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
The Miina Sillanpää Foundation is an innovator in its sector through improving rehabilitation and other services for both the working-age population and elderly people. The research and development are based on proactive operations as well as multiprofessional cooperation and co-creation. The R&D is mainly applied research with results and products that can be utilized directly across the country. The R&D also receive outside project funding.
The Miina Sillanpää Foundation’s research and development focus on:
- home and the environment.
The Foundation is engaged in long term research and development in order to enhance social participation, and promote health, well-being and quality of life. The R&D stems from the needs of working-age people and elderly population and therefore seeks practical models and solutions, that are implemented nation-wide.
Muistipuisto (Memory Park) is one example of the latest R&D innovations, developed together with the Alzheimer Society of Finland. Muistipuisto guides towards brain healthy routines and lifestyle changes by various activities. The service consists of five main themes based on multiple research evidences: cognitive training, mental wellbeing, exercise, brain healthy diet, and music and memories. The Muistipuisto service is free. It has been developed in a three-year project supported by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health with proceeds from Veikkaus. The Miina Sillanpää Foundation and the Alzheimer Society of Finland have involved numbers of people with memory diseases, their caregivers, voluntaries and professionals in service creation ensuring website value, satisfaction and usability for its’ users.
You can visit Muistipuisto here: https://www.muistipuisto.fi.
Link to a short presentation video of Muistipuisto (Memory Park), subtitles in English.
Link to the Alzheimer Europe Newsletter article, which presents Muistipuisto at page 10.
Miina Sillanpää (4 June 1866 – 3 April 1952) dedicated her life to campaigning for a wide range of social issues. Miina Sillanpää’s first jobs were as a factory worker and domestic servant. She later worked actively towards improving servants’ rights and working conditions.
Miina Sillanpää was a member of the Finnish Parliament for a total of 38 years, and she was the country’s first female minister. As a member of the Parliament and the Minister for Social Affairs, her focus was particularly on the social circumstances of children, families, elderly people and domestic servants.
The Miina Sillanpää Foundation was founded in 1965 after the Helsinki Domestic Servants’ Association donated its assets to the Foundation.