Management committee

The management committee is made up of the following people:

  • Prof. dr. Ruud Kempen, chair, Maastricht University
  • Dr. Rixt Zijlstra, secretary, Maastricht University
  • Dr. Susan Picavet, treasurer, Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment
  • Dr. Maaike Dautzenberg, general member, Avans University of Applied Sciences
  • Dr. Eric Schoenmakers, general member, Fontys University of Applied Sciences
  • Dr. ir. Simone de Bruin, general member, Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment
  • Dr. Bianca Suanet, general member, VU University, Amsterdam

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From left to right: Eric, Susan, Bianca, Simone,Rixt, Maaike, Ruud.

Ruud Kempen is Professor with a chair in Social Gerontology with Maastricht University. His research interests are in the area of psychosocial aspects of ageing. This involves examining the determinants of psychosocial functioning in older adults and the development and evaluation of psychosocial interventions to improve daily functioning of older adults. He was also involved in the development and coordination of various bachelor and master programs in health sciences in Maastricht.

Rixt Zijlstra works as Assistant Professor with Maastricht University. Her research focuses on the psychosocial and physical functioning of community-dwelling older adults with specific interests in the development, evaluation and implementation of interventions aimed at promoting independence. Within the bachelor and master programs, she works as a tutor, trainer, lecturer, coordinator, developer and supervisor. She is also a member of the The Living Lab in Ageing & Long-Term Care.

Susan Picavet works at the RIVM, the Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment. She works on public health projects related to ageing. She is the project leader of the Doetinchem Cohort Study, in which the health and lifestyle of a large group of adults aged 20 to 60 years has been followed for 30 years. She is specifically interested in physical activity, sleep, pain, multimorbidity and frailty.

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.

Simone de Bruin is a senior researcher with the RIVM and coordinates various projects related to aged care and dementia care. Research topics include, among others, integrated aged care, care innovations for people living with dementia (for example day care green farms) and developments in long term care. Simone is project manager of the SUSTAIN-project, a Horizon 2020 funded international project aimed to improve collaboration and planning in aged care.

Bianca Suanet is Assistant Professor Sociology with the VU University Amsterdam. Her research focuses on social ageing, including topics such as social networks, social support, loneliness and use of care. She received a VENI fellowship from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research to examine which older adults are vulnerable given social support and informal and formal use of care and given the context recent changes in policy to facilitate a participation-oriented society. She is a researcher with the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam (LASA), an ongoing multidisciplinary study on the functioning of older adults in the Netherlands. She also examines the wishes, positions and needs of informal carers and their collaboration with care professionals and managers.