Future care needs care now!

ILC Netherlands (ILC-NL) is an independent movement of people who aim to put aging high on the social and political agenda. The goal is to activate people in thinking about active and healthy aging in an early stage by organizing debates, media attention, and sharing experiences and expertise, both nationally and internationally.

ILC-NL is committed to the independence state of being of the elderly, requiring tailored conditions, skills and a good living environment. The vitality of the elderly should be promoted while vulnerability and dependency are postponed as long as possible. Also it is important to remain active as an employee, volunteer or entrepreneur without being discriminated because of age.

ILC-NL is a member of the International Longevity Center Global Alliance, an international federation of centers for active and healthy aging. Visit www.ilc-alliance.org for more information. ILC-NL is supported by Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing and Vereniging Aegon.

About us

ANBI status

ILC Netherlands is a charitable institution which aims to put aging high on the social and political agenda. ILC Netherlands is supported by Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing and Vereniging Aegon, and is a member of the International Longevity Center Global Alliance, an international federation of centers for active and healthy aging.
ILC Netherlands complies with the requirements of the tax service. Gifts of donors and companies are therefor tax deductible and we do not pay taxes on donations and legacies.

– Statutes (Dutch)
– Activity report 2017-2019 (English)
Financial statements 2018 (Dutch)
– Policy plan 2019 (English)
– Beloningsbeleid (Nederlands)


Ir. Marieke A.E. van der Waal (1965)

Director and secretary

Marieke van der Waal studied Human Nutrition at Wageningen University. After her studies, she researched quality of care for the chronically ill. She continued her career as a program secretary at NWO-Medical Sciences (now ZonMw). In 2002 she became director of the Netherlands Public Health Federation. Since 2008 Marieke has been working on projects for the Diabetes Federation and the Dutch Institute for Healthcare Improvement (CBOG). As of April 1, 2010 she is Director of the Leyden Academy on Vitality and Aging and ILC Netherlands. Marieke is also a member of the supervisory board of the Welfare Foundation Lelystad and Coloriet, a long-term care delivery organisation.


J.P.J. (Joris) Slaets (1953)


Joris Slaets is Professor of Geriatric Medicine and since January 1, 2015, Director of the Leyden Academy. Joris is committed to making changes in healthcare for the vulnerable elderly. Joris is a frequent speaker at conferences and symposia, and has made multiple appearances in Dutch television, radio, print and social media. A listing of scientific contributions can be found here. Joris is a scientific advisor to the Board of Directors associated with the healthcare organisation Espria. He was also one of the project leaders of the National Elderly Programme, Vice-Chairman of the Central Committee Human-based Research and active in diverse commissions among others, the Health Board and the Healthcare Institute, the Netherlands.


Ir. Maarten C. van Veen (1935)


Until 2008, Maarten van Veen was chairman of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities. In addition to this, he sat on several boards of companies like ABN-AMRO Holding, Imtech, AKZO Nobel, Corus and the Advisory Committee Programme Economy, Ecology and Technology. He was also member of the board of directors of the Rijn-Schelde Verolme Group, Estel plc and Corus.


Labour, income and participation

In this theme we focus on developments regarding employment, income and participation for the elderly. The developments within this theme and associated issues are important for the ageing Dutch society. A big part of the current generation of 60+ is still employed or involved in voluntary activities; not only motivated by financial benefits but also because they want to provide a meaningful contribution to society. The retirement age, for both employees and self-employed persons, is still rising. This has consequences for people, business and society. Relevant questions in this context are:
•    What are the barriers in this process attributing to society?
•    Who can facilitate this process, and how?
•    What are the success factors and barriers?

Awareness, information and communication

The objective concerning the theme awareness, information and communication falls within the mission and objective of ILC-Netherlands. More particular:
•    Promote the societal and individual awareness of the ageing of society and its impact on collective and individual level.
•    Encourage individuals, organizations and political bodies to debate on ageing issues and to put related issues on the political agenda.
•    Provide information about ageing themes.
•    Promote civil debate by organizing conferences and publicize.

Housing, care and welfare

The mission of the theme housing, care and welfare is to stimulate healthy and active ageing (longevity). Many elderly people want, even when they are vulnerable, be responsible for and make their own decisions on their (quality of) life. Initiatives have arisen in which the elderly (jointly) organise housing, care and welfare themselves, to meet their needs. ILC-NL involved in the development of such initiatives and encourages a more prominent place of self-organizations on the social agenda and in the debate on future elderly care.

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Annual Activity Report 2017

The Annual Activity Report 2017 ILC the Netherlands includes information on the organisation and their activities in 2017. Click here to download the report. Click here to download the report.