Every older person should ask herself or himself the question: how can I lead a life in good quality in accordance with my own needs, even if taking part is no longer self-evident or easy? Our society has it responsibilities in facilitating older people. How can facilitate the optimal participation of ageing people with knowledge from the domains of gerontology, social sciences, public administration, architecture and real estate, as well as technology?
In this quest, which revolves around participation in age-friendly city of The Hague; a city in which older people should feel at home, themes like dementia, participation at high age, vitality, ageing-in-place, and diversity of the urban population are being addressed.
dr. ir. Joost van Hoof
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.