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 costs and other aspects of our healthcare system, the education of healthcare staff and the quality of care for older people. 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. The research activities within ‘Connected’ is focused on the image of the elderly and aging, and on intergenerational contact.
A selection of our reports which are (translated) in(to) English:
- 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)