Autumn 2017 : Ageing Dutch, Ageing well
Dear ACCESS Readers,
Inspired by the international success story of De Hogeweyk, a model “dementia village” in Weesp, ACCESS wanted to learn more about innovations in care for the ageing happening in the Netherlands. For example, did you know there is a company dedicated to opplakdeuren — “Stick-on Doors”? True Doors’ aim is to help people living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease feel more at home by personalising the doors they use, no matter where they live. What a creative contribution!
There are many great initiatives we could fill the pages of this magazine with. In fact, several of this issue’s articles are on the topic of growing older. In the cover story, Alice Burke shares inspired stories of care for the ageing from around the Netherlands and informs readers about related policies and government initiatives. Olivia van den Broek-Neri explores the role of grandparents in Dutch family dynamics, and Carolyn van Es-Vines shares her experiences and talks with a counsellor about how to care for ageing parents while living abroad.
For the more money-savvy among us — but especially for those who are less so — Mandie van der Meer-Danielski has the best ways people with a mobile lifestyle should save for retirement. Check out her article in the Education pages to see what you’re doing well and what you can learn. Lorre Luther’s International Community article is for those who are seriously considering retirement in the Netherlands, no matter what stage of life you’re in now.
Get outdoors with Anne Pinto-Rodrigues in her Travel article about bird watching in the Netherlands. Anuja Tipnis-Randive dives into the cultural significance of Open Monuments Day in Arts & Entertainment. Magdalini Zografou returns to our Food pages with a simple, mouth-watering pasta recipe. And Tracey Taylor takes us on a visit to her favourite film theatre for this issue’s Reviews article.
Finally, a very big and warm congratulations to fellow ACCESS Magazine editor Mandie van der Meer-Danielski on the arrival of a happy, healthy baby boy in August! Despite being eight months pregnant, she still made time to write for ACCESS. Such admirable dedication to this wonderful community of ours!
Kelly Merks, Editor ACCESS Magazine