A delegation of ILC Japan and Leyden Academy visit Friesland and Amsterdam
On behalf of the Ministry of Health of Japan, ten Japanese researchers wanted to know more about the Dutch social work system and in particular the social neighborhood teams, their working method and embedding. The central question was how they can organise the position of the community support coordinator in the Japanese healthcare system based on Dutch experiences and expertise. The delegation visited several network partners in the Fryske Marren and in Amsterdam South East, where several topics were discussed. Amongst others: bottom-up thinking and co-creation collaboration, well-being on prescription, participation, community nursing, cognitive fitness and using community work, sports and culture as a means.

Older peoples’ experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic. Voices from around the world
As part of the 22nd World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, the International Longevity Center Global Alliance symposium “Protecting the human rights of older persons: sharing insights on older person’s experiences, ageism and advocacy during the pandemic” took place on June 14, 2022 in Buenos Aires. Prof Tineke Abma, director of ILC-Nederland and Leyden Academy on Vitality and Aging was one of the speakers. See her presentation below. Click here for the presentation.

Open Letter to the President of the European Commission
18 November 2021 – ILC Europe is a network of thought leaders focussed on the impact of longevity on society. In a letter to the President of the European Comission they express their support for the European Commission’s work on adapting European policy to the reality of an ageing population and the publication of the EU Green Paper on Ageing. Read more.

Dignity of older persons with mental health conditions
12 November 021With a steady increase in population aging, the proportion of older people living with mental illness is on rise. This has a significant impact on their autonomy, rights, quality of life and functionality. In this paper, we highlight the various components of dignity in older people, the impact of ageism and mental health interventions based on dignity, rights, respect, and equality (including dignity therapy). Read more.

Cheers to ILC Global Alliance with its 30 year anniversary
The International Longevity Centre Global Alliance is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. With 16 member countries across all continents, the ILC Global Alliance is a multinational consortium with a mission to help societies across the world to address longevity and population ageing in positive and productive ways. Read more.

Silver lives matter – how ‘intelligent’ was the lockdown for Dutch older people?
The retrospective analysis of the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and Environment (further RIVM) published in June 2020, shows that before the first confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis in the Netherlands on February 27 was made, 154 people had already been infected, with the first complaints traceable as far back as January 1. Read more.

Webinar ILC: global impact COVID19 on elderly care
By 2025, there are expected to be two billion people aged 65 and older. This offers society both opportunities as well as challenges. For the past 30 years International Longevity Centre (ILC) Global Alliance has been committed to improve the quality of life and well-being of older people around the world. Read more.

Position statement on COVID-19 from the ILC
The ILC Global Alliance (ILC-GA) membership is regionally diverse, and its members in both the Global North and the Global South are united in their concern for the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on individuals, families and communities. Read more.

Involve older people and their ‘emic’ perspective in the design and implementation of corona measures
Experts dominate the discussion on the corona policy. However, one perspective is missing: that of the people we aim to protect, our most vulnerable, older citizens. Read more.

The experiences of seniors during the Corona/Covid-19 crisis
The research project of Leyden Academy focusses on how a diverse group of seniors (aged 60+) experience the virus and the measures taken. How do they perceive the risks and how does is impact their daily lives? Read more.

Art in elderly care in times of corona
The limitations that the corona measures entail, cause a change of course in the project ‘Art in elderly care’. Nevertheless, the artists within the various programs and initiatives know how to give an alternative interpretation to their activities. Read more.