As an academic knowledge institute, Leyden Academy conducts scientific research on various topics focussed upon vitality and ageing. We use a multi-disciplinary approach and combine biological, sociological, anthropological, psychological, economic and/or medical perspectives.
Our research is founded upon close contact with universities and institutes, and have both a national and international focus. On a national level, we look into topics like the quality of care for older people, the wellbeing of older people with a migration background, and how older people and ageing are perceived in society. Most of our fundamental research is aimed at a better understanding of the ageing process and takes place within an international scientific field. For example, Leyden Academy is part of consortia such as EIT Health and DuSRA-VOILA.
We conduct our research within three focus areas: Vital, Meaningful and Connected. Within ‘Vital’ we want to gain a better understanding of the ageing process in order to empower people to grow old in a healthy and active manner. Within ‘Meaningful’ we do research and initiate projects aimed at the needs and desires of older people so they can live their live as they choose, at home and in care facilities. The research activities within ‘Connected’ focus on the image of the elderly and ageing, and on the value of intergenerational contact.
A selection of our reports which are (translated) in(to) English:
- Impact of COVID-19 on Dutch older adults (2021)
- Whitepaper series Broadening the view on retirement (2019)
- Nature and prevalence of elder abuse in the Netherlands (2018)
- Ambitions of 55+ Europeans in selected countries (2016)
- Geriatrics in the medical curriculum (2015)
- Basic features of the Dutch health care system (2013)
- Coordination issues in the Dutch health care system (2013)
- Shades of Grey – Ambitions of 55+ (2013)
- Dutch life expectancy from an international perspective (2010)