Older people in Amsterdam benefit from knowledge Amsterdam UMC

Older people in Amsterdam benefit from knowledge Amsterdam UMC

Medical Facts Editorial / Janine Padding October 06, 2021 – 08:42 AM

Amsterdam UMC, together with the Amsterdam Alliance for Senior Citizens, has Knowledge Agenda for the Elderly painted. The goal is to improve elderly care in the city. The Knowledge Agenda links scientific knowledge with the city’s elderly care issues.

It is a central theme in every scientific institution: How do you ensure that society benefits from the knowledge obtained? And vice versa, how do scientists know which issues in society require scientific research? It was these questions that formed the basis of the knowledge agenda for the elderly. The agenda contains eight main themes that will be taken up in the coming years by the Amsterdam Alliance of Older Persons* and the Amsterdam UMC. This includes acute care for the elderly, care in the last stage of life, and care for people with dementia. The document was prepared in collaboration with older adults, caregivers, policy makers, and scientists, among others.

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Elderly care has been an important research topic at UMC Amsterdam for years. Professor of Acute Care of the Elderly Bianca Bormann: “We do research in crisis prevention and in home care for the frail elderly, but we believe our insight is not sufficiently reaching the elderly themselves. This is a shame.

Scholars from the Amsterdam UMC set the knowledge agenda in the context of the Amsterdam Live and Healthy programme. The issues discussed were: “How can you continue to live at home if you need more and more care” and “Acute care near home”. On the latter topic, Wijkliniek has already been successfully set up, along with the Cordaan Care organization, to help elderly people who need emergency care without having to stay (for an extended period) in a hospital emergency room (www.wijkkliniek.nl). The theme of living was also highlighted; Older people are living at home longer and longer, but how can we ensure that this is done safely, sustainably, and with pleasure?

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Starting point

The Knowledge Agenda explicitly aims to bring elderly care jointly in Amsterdam to a higher level. So it is not an exercise on paper, but concrete actions. We will not put this document in the drawer. It is an additional basis for jointly improving elderly care in the city. We organize roundtable discussions, come up with concrete plans and do new research if we don’t have a solution to a problem.

You can find the knowledge agenda Here

*The Amsterdam Alliance for Older Persons is part of the citywide Vital and Healthy Amsterdam programme, where the Amsterdam municipality, health insurer Zelverin Kreuz, health and social care providers united in Segra, housing associations and Klintbelang Amsterdam are working together to anticipate tomorrow’s healthcare demand. Amsterdam UMC has offered itself as a knowledge partner.

Source: Amsterdam UMC

Medical Facts Editorial / Janine Padding

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