Centre of Expertise Health Innovation

Research Group Urban Ageing

How can we contribute to the quality of daily living of older adults in the city? This question is the focus of the Chair of Urban Ageing. This question is increasingly important as older people are expected to fully participate in an ever ageing and urbanizing society.

About the research group

Older people should ideally ask themselves the following question: how can I lead my life in such a way that it offers good quality for me? And what if participation in society is no longer obvious or easy? A society with an increasing number of older people has a joint responsibility in this regard. How can we use knowledge from gerontology, social sciences, public administration, health sciences and care, building and real estate sciences, as well as technology to facilitate growing older in the best possible way?

Our research focuses on the everyday lives of older people in the age-friendly city of The Hague. In this diverse and inclusive city, older people should be able to feel at home and participate in life into old age. We work with partners to explore and shape these goals.

About the professor

dr hab. ir. Joost van Hoof Eur Ing

Joost van Hoof (1980) attained his MSc degree at Eindhoven University of Technology (Department of Architecture, Building and Physics). He also studied Environmental Engineering at the Czech Technical University (ČVUT) in Prague. Prof van Hoof attained his doctoral degree from Eindhoven University of Technology (in cooperation with Utrecht University of Applied Sciences and the Academy of Healthcare Utrecht) with a dissertation on ageing-in-place for people with dementia in 2010. From 2011 to 2018 he was affiliated with the Centre for Healthcare & Technology of Fontys University of Applied Sciences, and served as the project leader of the Nursing Home of the Future Programme. From 2012 to 2013, Prof van Hoof worked with the ISSO – the Dutch Building Services Research Institute in Rotterdam in the field of healthy building services. Apart from several board memberships in the domain of older people, technology and housing, Prof van Hoof collaborates and is affiliated with several universities abroad. Key to his work is a focus on the abilities of older people, not their disabilities, even when participations seems difficult.

j.vanhoof@hhs.nl
The percentage of older people in the large cities will only increase in the coming years. It would be nice if they could grow old comfortably in the city, and also contribute in their own way to its overall quality.
Projects

Projects

Assistive technology for longer independent living (AW Technology for Home)

Assistive technology for longer independent living (AW Technology for Home)

Assistive devices are of great importance in supporting and improving the users' independence, quality of life and participation in society. With the right aids, people who experience limitations in daily life can also live independently at home for longer. They are also needed to meet the growing demand for care. By using aids, a lot of care can take place in the home situation. The Academic Workshop: Technology for Home* will conduct research that will help to use aids intelligently and effectively in the home situation.

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Project City & Co

Project City & Co

The global ageing of the urban population calls for more age-friendly cities tailored to the wishes and needs of older adults and offering them every opportunity to participate in society. The research group Urban Ageing, together with national and European partners, will investigate the age-friendliness of four European cities during the three-year project City & Co: Older Adults Co-Creating a Sustainable Age-friendly City.
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Regional Networks for the Social Welfare Domain The Hague & Leiden

Regional Networks for the Social Welfare Domain The Hague & Leiden

How do you deal with the challenges of your profession as a professional? Which insights from science can help you further? And how do you share knowledge and experiences? In the Werkplaatsen Sociaal Domein, researchers and professionals work together on specific issues from practice. Since January 2020, the research group Urban Ageing participates in the Regional Networks for the Social Welfare Domain (RNSWD) The Hague & Leiden.
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Towards better cooperation in healthcare

Towards better cooperation in healthcare

Cooperation between healthcare professionals, informal carers and clients is a crucial factor in quality of care, but not always easy to achieve. In the project 'Working together for better cooperation' of the Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management, we develop and implement a practical toolkit for supporting health professionals, informal carers and clients in their mutual cooperation. The Urban Ageing research group participates in this research.
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Game helps in inclusive design of spaces and environments

Game helps in inclusive design of spaces and environments

How do you design healthy, smart and age-friendly buildings and environments where everyone can move around easily and freely? People with disabilities are often overlooked when neighbourhoods, buildings and public spaces are designed. This is a risk of social exclusion. In order to provide policy makers, city planners and civil engineers with more knowledge about users with disabilities, an online game is being developed by the 'Educational Game: Building Inclusive Environments for All Generations’ project, in short: BIG Game. The Urban Ageing research group is collaborating in this.
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Knowledge platform Age-Friendly City The Hague

Knowledge platform Age-Friendly City The Hague

In addition to the Municipality of The Hague, interest groups, knowledge institutions and social partners from The Hague region participate in the Knowledge Platform Age-Friendly City The Hague. The Knowledge Platform advises on the set-up of the integral age-friendliness monitor and supports the recruitment of respondents. In addition, partners contribute relevant research and other information to the Knowledge Platform, so that knowledge in the field of The Hague age-friendly city is further shared and enriched. The municipal Action Programme Age-Friendly The Hague 2020-2022 has three themes: Participation and pleasure in life, Healthy and resilient, and Living comfortably in your neighbourhood.
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Research cooperation in Europe: COST ACTION Projects

Research cooperation in Europe: COST ACTION Projects

The research group Urban Ageing participates in three COST Action projects. COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a European network to promote transnational cooperation between researchers across the European continent. It is one of the ways to give shape to the European ambitions of the research group. 
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Improving the thermal environment of housing for older Australians

Improving the thermal environment of housing for older Australians

Together with Professor Veronica Soebarto (principal) of the Faculty of Architecture at The University of Adelaide in Australia, Joost van Hoof, professor in Urban Ageing, carried out an ARC Discover project on thermal comfort in the homes of older people in South Australia. This project was completed in 2021.
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Towards Responsible Rebellion: Governance and participation in collective housing for older adults

Towards Responsible Rebellion: Governance and participation in collective housing for older adults

As of 1 May 2019, this project has started that was funded by the Taskforce for Applied Research SIA. This project is a collaboration between the research groups Urban Ageing and Metropolitan Developments of The Hague University of Applied Sciences, and therefore also between two Centres of Expertise. The project will run until May 2022.
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