The Vitality Awards

One of the best-known initiatives in The Hague is the Vitality Awards, a competition in which the city invites senior citizens to share their ideas on how to improve the city to meet the needs of seniors. The best ideas are rewarded with a Vitality Award.

The awards are a way of thanking the citizens of The Hague for their efforts in helping to create a senior-friendly city. The Vitality Awards encourage the inhabitants of The Hague (both individuals and organisations) to play an active role in the life of the city.

The initiatives come in various shapes and sizes and encompass a wide range of themes. Examples have included social restaurants, coaching in the use of new media or how to make online payments safely, as well as ideas about the use of internet, a senior-friendly walking area or a walking buddy in the neighborhood.

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The Vitality Awards are presented to organizations or local residents in each city district who have developed initiatives to promote the active involvement of senior citizens in the city. Prior to the award ceremony, the suggested projects are presented and discussed at meetings organized in each of the city districts. These meetings are also an opportunity to secure the collaboration of other parties that may be needed to implement the plans.

With the help of good ideas and great initiatives, the city can further improve the quality of life in the city.

Out of the box

Out of the Box is a project designed to prevent and reduce loneliness and isolation among senior citizens. The objective is to put the topic on the agenda, bring people together to create, sometimes unexpected, coalitions and, above all, identify and seize undiscovered opportunities. The community provides a new way of bringing together experts and people with experience to address the growing and persistent problem of loneliness.

Granny Hip Hop Crew

The Granny Hip Hop Crew is one of the many initiatives taken to make The Hague age-friendly. At weekly sessions the ladies have fun and by connecting with one another avoid feeling lonely. Learn more about the Granny Hip Hop Crew in this video.

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