WVO, Netherlands

Henk Rosendal: key note speaker April 21st
Key note speaker on Friday April 21st is Henk Rosendal. The theme will be ‘The future employee’. The welfare state is making way for the participatory society. The role of technology is increasing. Much is therefore set to change for home care and elderly care. Elderly people will continue to live at home for longer and will need to do more themselves, together with their environment. The policy enabling elderly people to remain living at home for longer was launched in recent years. Future employees have to develop a new way of working, provided they are invited to do so and are facilitated therein. How to support them in the suppression of the well-intentioned repair reflex.

Henk Rosendal is professor Neighbourhood Care at Health Innovation Research Centre of Rotterdam University. “The future of healthcare lies in the district. There live the chronically ill and the elderly, there are opportunities for early detection and intervention”. Henk Rosendal works at the moment among others on the project ‘home in the neighborhood’, which offer small neighborhood-based teams of nurses, district nurses and GPs integrated care.


Lucas Meijs: key note speaker Thursday afternoon April 20th 2017
Prof. Dr. Lucas Meijs is professor of “Strategic Philanthropy and volunteering” at Erasmus University Rotterdam.  His current research focuses on issues related to volunteer/non-profit management, corporate community involvement and civil society. Professor Meijs teaches  courses on nonprofit management and social entrepreneurship. He is board member of several Dutch nonprofit organizations. His has served for seven years as member of the Dutch Council on Social Issues.

Lucas Meijs is our key note speaker Thursday afternoon on the themes ‘participation and volunteering’. The Netherlands are dismantling the classical welfare state, a system that they can no longer sustain.  The welfare state is slowly but surely evolving into a ‘participation society’ – asking people to do more to help each other before turning to the government for aid. The public systems should start encouraging self-reliance over government dependency.


Lucien Engelen, second key note speaker for the event in Vlissingen

Thursday morning April 20th 2017 key note speaker will be Lucien Engelen on the theme technology, followed by a design workshop.

It is at the intersection of technology and patient empowerment, which is where Lucien Engelen (1962), director of the Radboud University REshape Center feels most at home.

His personal mission is to change healthcare through the use of technology (as a tool) into an environment with a strong(er) patients perspective. Also addressing the ethical question “what if we can do ‘everything’, given the increasing possibilities of exponential technology”. What will the future look like, and what do we have to do today to cope with that. Imagineering is a contraction of imagination’ (imagination) and ‘engineering’ (technique). It is a form of communication in which the perception imagineer seeks to strengthen the connection. Between organization and audience through experience, not only through text in a rational way, but also through other senses.

“We have entered an era of exponential growing technology that in some parts seems almost abundant. It is great to see the possible change that can come out of that, creating the opportunity to create a sustainable health(care whilst never forgetting the impact the human touch can make”.


Ap Dijksterhuis, key note speaker for the event in Vlissingen
Wednesday evening April 19th 2017 the delegations from Helsingborg, Foligno, Tampere and Vlissingen at the SafeAge conference are invited for an informal walking dinner. Key note speaker this evening will be Ap Dijksterhuis on the theme of ‘happiness’.

Ap Dijksterhuis is professor, entrepreneur, speaker and writer, and head of the Department of Social Psychology of the University of Nijmegen. As a researcher, he focuses on unconscious intuitive processes that play a role in decision making and creativity.  Dijksterhuis won a handful of scientific prizes (including the very prestigious Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association), and is editor of the Authoritative Science.  As a writer and popular speaker, he tries to inspire people.

In his latest book ‘On our way to happiness’ he shows that we control a great deal of our own happiness. Even for 50 percent, contemporary science tells us. In our journey of understanding happiness, Ap Dijksterhuis connects the modern psychology and neuroscience with the classical western philosophy and eastern philosophy.

Together with WVO Zorg he is doing research on interventions, that our employees can use to improve the happiness of our clients in a way that it lowers the care burden.