The board consists of the following members:
- Prof. dr. Martijn Huisman, chair, VU University Amsterdam
- Dr. Simone de Bruin, secretary, Windesheim University of Applied Sciences
- Dr. Josanne Huijg, bestuurslid, Leyden Academy on Vitality and Aging
- Dr. Silke Metzelthin, bestuurslid, Maastricht University
- Dr. Eric Schoenmakers, general member, Fontys University of Applied Sciences
- Dr. Annerieke Stoop, MSc, bestuurslid, Tilburg University
- Drs. Geraldine Visser, general member, Windesheim University of Applied Sciences
Martijn Huisman is Professor of Epidemiology of Aging at Amsterdam UMC and Vrije Universiteit. He is scientific director of the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam; a multidisciplinary long-term cohort study of several thousand older Dutch people. Themes Martijn is involved with in his research are resilience, socio-economic inequality and psychosocial functioning of the elderly. He is also involved in the Aging & Later Life program of the Amsterdam Public Health research institute.
Simone de Bruin is a lecturer in Living Well with Dementia at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences. She has extensive experience in the field of research on elderly care and dementia care. By conducting practice-based research she and her professorship are committed to the well-being of people with dementia and those research lines of the lectorate are: 1. Meaning of a good life with dementia; 2. Innovations in the living and care environment and 3. Access to and coordination of care and support.
Josanne Huijg works as a senior researcher at Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing. She leads the various activities within the Meaningful Aging track. The aim of the activities is to offer people opportunities to live their lives as they wish and to be the person they want to be, despite increasing vulnerability. In order to do this, Josanne and her colleagues are conducting practice-based research, in co-creation with the people concerned, on the themes of enjoyment of life, enjoyment of living, loving care, cooperation in the triangle of caregivers-elderly-next-door, learning and development in care, and educational innovation. In addition to her job at Leyden Academy, Josanne is part of the program committee of the Care Support Fund.
Silke Metzelthin works as an assistant professor at Maastricht University. Her line of research focuses on the development and evaluation of complex interventions aimed at promoting self-reliance in (home-dwelling) older people, which are based on innovative care concepts such as reablement and function focused care. She is a member of the international ReAble network and strengthens the editorial team of BMC Geriatrics. She also works one day a week as a linking pin within MeanderGroep Zuid-Limburg in the context of the Living Lab in Ageing & Long-Term Care Limburg.
Eric Schoenmakers is senior lecturer and researcher with the bachelor in Applied Gerontology at the Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Eindhoven. Eric is first author of the National Educational Program Profile for bachelor degrees in applied gerontology. Research themes include loneliness and professional development of gerontologists.
Geraldine Visser is a social gerontologist and works as a senior lecturer and researcher at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in Zwolle. She teaches the Bachelor of Science Applied Gerontology: Age-friendly Design & Innovation and the multidisciplinary minor Living Well with Dementia. She is also developer of the post-Bachelor Expert Living Longer at home- Age-friendly Innovation and did research for the Lectoraat ICT-Innovaties in de zorg on the meaning of social robots for people with dementia living at home.