Information workshops
October 3rd

On Tuesday October 3rd from 11 AM to 4 PM six workshops will take place on several locations in the city of The Hague. Each workshop will have introductory speeches, field visits and project presentations.  

Please note: the programme below may be subject to change.



Short outlines (drafts) 



This workshop focuses on ageing in relation to the diverse (socio-economic, cultural, religious, ethnic) backgrounds of older people. How to deal with a diverse (older) population regarding questions to improve quality of life, health, care and participation.  

Christiane Schubring – Member of the City Council of Frankfurt and/or Frederic Lauscher – Director of the board at Frankfurter Verband für Alten- und Behindertenhilfe  
Speaker on behalf of ENIEC – European Network on Elderly Care 
Paul Doop – Chairman of the Board at Haaglanden Medical Centre 


To improve quality of life and to add better health to longer lives it is essential to work on the vitality of older people. How to improve vitality, mobility and beauty of older people will be the main subjects of this workshop. 

Mary Craig – Research fellow at Edinburgh University 
Joris Slaets – ‎Director at Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing  
Gerard Jan Blauw - ‎Professor of internal medicine - geriatrics, Leiden University  

Older people’s participation 

Manchester’s Older People’s Charter: “Older people have the right to choice and control and to meaningfully influence the decision-making processes that affect their lives. They have the right to be engaged in shaping all aspects of life, including involvement in the design and delivery of the services that are provided to support them.”  
Why, what and how do we involve older people in daily policies, health care, businesses?  

Paul McGarry - Strategic lead age-friendly Manchester and Head Ageing Hub of Greater Manchester 
Esme Ward - Strategic Lead for Culture, Age Friendly Manchester and Greater Manchester Ageing Hub 
Head of Learning and Engagement, The Whitworth and Manchester Museum 
Anne-Sophie Parent - AGE Platform Europe  
Suzan van der Pas - ‎Professor (lector) Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship - ‎Hogeschool Leiden 
Laura Christ – Older Women’s Network and Mobility Scouts 


Nowadays it becomes clear that the impact of the one-child policy on Chinese society is immense. Chinese working population is shrinking and the population is ageing rapidly. Over 90% of all urban children, and over 60% of rural children have no brothers or sisters.  
Issues of ageing, like combating loneliness/isolation and improving participation will be part of this workshop. 

Fred Beekers – Community against loneliness  




New York has the proud distinction of being the first state in the nation to enact a Human Rights Law, affording every citizen “an equal opportunity to enjoy a full and productive life.” The workshop Accessibility introduces further the work on accessibility that is going on in New York. Accessibility here is meant like: physical, financial and social accessibility. Together with examples from The Netherlands and The Hague in particular the audience will learn and discuss how to improve the accessibility for all. 

Lindsay Goodman – Director Healthy Aging,Center for Health Policy and Programs, The New York Academy of Medicine (tbc) 
Victor Calise – Commissioner at New York City Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (tbc) 
Floris Alkemade – Chief Government Architect 
Wim Carabain – Director at Voorall, advocacy organisation for people with impairments and/or chronic diseases 

Support and independent living with ICT 

Innovative solutions like Ehealth, domotics, robotics, digital health in India and The Hague will be further explained and explored during this workshop.  

Mrs. Maulishree – Bangalore India, coordinator of the memorandum of understanding of Karnataka – The Hague  
Nick Guldemond – Associate Professor Institute of Health Policy & Management Erasmus University Rotterdam 
Eric Lemstra – Chairman of the Board at Xtra (tbc)