Päivi Topo is Ombudsman for the Older People in Finland. She is a PhD of Social Sciences and works as an Adjunct Professor at the Universities of Jyväskylä and Helsinki. Päivi Topo’s specialty is social gerontology, or sociological research in ageing and old age. She has held various research posts, including Academy of Finland Research Fellow and Senior Researcher at the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare. Päivi Topo has also worked as a General Secretary of the National Advisory Board on Social Welfare and Health Care Ethics ETENE, and as Director of the Age Institute.
Päivi Topo is particularly interested in the realisation of older people’s fundamental rights in situations where they need a great deal of help and services from others to support their daily lives. Her research has mainly focused on psychosocial needs of people with dementia and dementia friendly environments and technology.