Finnish delegation explores Dutch elderly care

This morning, we welcomed a delegation of 13 Finnish staff nurses, physiotherapists and social workers at Leyden Academy. Alongside their work, these healthcare professionals are all master students in Active Ageing at Karelia University of Applied Sciences in Joensuu, Finland. This week, they visit The Netherlands to obtain a broad view of how elderly care is organised in another European country, after their visit to Greece in 2016.

Marieke van der Waal, director of Leyden Academy, presented the master students with an overview of the current research and projects of our institute. Scientific staff member David van Bodegom then shared the latest insights in vital and healthy ageing, and invited the group to experience what it feels like to be older in the ‘ageing suit’. The study trip also includes visits to rehabilitation hotel Topaz Revitel and the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), who have an innovative collaboration in the field of geriatric rehabilitation, care organisation Florence in The Hague and a location of small-scale nursing home De Herbergier.