Ageing Better in the Netherlands

Betty de Jong, Klaske Wynia, Anjo Geluk-Bleumink

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    The Dutch National Care for the Elderly Programme was an initiative organized by the
    Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) between 2008
    and 2016. The aim of the programme was to collect knowledge about frail elderly, to assess
    their needs and to provide person-centred and integrated care better suited to their needs.
    The budget of EUR 88 million was provided by the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and
    Sports. Putting the needs of elderly people at the heart of the programme and ensuring
    their active participation were key to the programme’s success. The programme outcomes
    included the establishment of eight geriatric networks around the medical universities
    with 650 organisations and the completion of 218 projects. These projects, involving 43,000
    elderly people and 8500 central caregivers, resulted in the completion of 45 PhD theses
    and the publication of more than 400 articles and the development of 300 practice toolkits,
    one database and a website, The Dutch National Care for the Elderly
    Programme has since developed into a movement and continues under the consortium
    Ageing Better, made up of eight organisations. Through the use of ambassadors, Ageing
    Better promotes the message that ageing is not a disease but a new phase of life.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationGerontology
    EditorsGrazia D’Onofrio, Daniele Sancarlo, Antonio Greco
    Place of PublicationLondon
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78923-253-0
    ISBN (Print)978-1-78923-252-3
    Publication statusPublished - 4-Jul-2018

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