Ageing and Long-Term Care

The Research Line Ageing and Long-Term Care (ALTC) creates an inspiring scientific environment where researchers in the area of ageing and long-term care conduct high quality research in close collaboration with the (regional) health care field in order to increase quality of care and quality of life among older people.

Research and Impact

We develop and disseminate knowledge on psychosocial, clinical and environmental determinants of health care problems, including prevalence, needs, social participation, and independency. Furthermore, we develop and evaluate innovative programmes, research methods and interventions for and with older persons, enabling functional capacity and improving the quality of long-term care. Improving scientific methods and implementation of evidence are important in this.


  • VIDI grant for Hilde Verbeek

    Wednesday, July 14, 2021

    The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded a prestigious Vidi grant worth 800,000 euros to Hilde Verbeek. 

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  • inauguratie Hilde Verbeek

    Looking back: Inaugural lecture Hilde Verbeek

    Saturday, July 10, 2021
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  • Elderly woman gets Covid vaccine

    Nursing homes still reluctant to relax restrictions despite high vaccination rate

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021

    Despite a vaccination coverage of around 80 per cent, most nursing homes in the Netherlands have not yet significantly relaxed their visiting restrictions, according to recent research by Maastricht University (UM) and Radboud university medical center (Radboudumc) in Nijmegen.

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  • Research and innovation in elderly care now spans the whole of Limburg

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021

    The successful partnership the Living Lab in Ageing & Long-Term Care, initiated by Maastricht University, is being expanded. Having been joined by care organisations De Zorggroep, Proteion and Stichting Land van Horne in north and central Limburg, the partnership now covers the entire province.

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  • Hilde Verbeek member Young Academy

    Hilde Verbeek appointed member of Council for Medical Sciences

    Monday, October 26, 2020

    Since 1 November Hilde Verbeek joins the Council for Medical Sciences of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). 

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  • COVID-19

    Nursing homes will go all out to prevent visiting bans during the second coronavirus wave

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020

    Dutch nursing homes say they want to avoid closing their doors to visitors during the second coronavirus wave if there is an infection among residents. At the same time, they say they can’t guarantee there will be no more visiting bans.

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    Recognizing palliative care needs in patients with advanced heart failure

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020

    The tool I-HARP (Identifying Heart Failure Patients with Palliative Care Needs) has been launched recently This tool facilitates caregivers in the timely identification of palliative care needs in patients with advanced heart failure and their loved ones. 

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  • Prof. Jan Hamers

    Jan Hamers nominated for 2020 Huibregtsen Prize

    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    Prof. Jan Hamers, professor of Care for the Elderly is one of the six nominees for the 2020 Huibregtsen Prize, which is awarded to recent research that is both scientifically innovative and socially relevant. 

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  • Patients with severe COPD benefit from a daily dose of morphine

    Tuesday, August 18, 2020

    The daily use of low-dose morphine tablets by patients with a severe form of the lung disease COPD has a positive effect on quality of life, and has no negative side effects. These are the findings of a recent study by Cindy van den Berg-Verberkt and Dr Daisy Janssen of the Ciro knowledge centre and Maastricht University (UM).

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  • Oudere dame in verpleeghuis

    Large-scale study on the impact of relocation on nursing home residents

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  • Verpleeghuis

    Prestigious grant for study on relocation of nursing home residents

    Wednesday, July 22, 2020

    Hilde Verbeek, Jan Hamers (RL Ageing and Long-Term Care) and their team were awarded a grant of € 1.730.000 by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS). They will study how relocations in nursing home care be improved for residents and their loved ones, while contributing to their quality of life and quality of care.

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    Staying DEDICATED in times of COVID-19

    Friday, May 15, 2020

    Normally, the researchers involved in the DEDICATED project, are working on an approach to empower nursing staff in providing palliative dementia care. Now the involved nurses and other care professionals are working around the clock to provide the best possible care, the DEDICATED team is pausing on-site research activities. Instead, they are contributing from behind the scenes. How? 

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  • Jos Schols

    Jos Schols benoemd tot visiting professor aan de Vrije Universiteit Brussel

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    Give a helping hand to elderly care!

    Monday, April 6, 2020

    The coronavirus is putting intense pressure on care for the elderly, both in the home and in nursing homes. It’s very likely that more staff will soon be needed than are currently working in care for the elderly. The Living Lab in Ageing and Long-Term Care recently launched an initiative to find extra volunteers to care for older people in Limburg. 

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  • Hilde Verbeek member Young Academy

    Hilde Verbeek to join The Young Academy

    Tuesday, December 10, 2019

    Hilde Verbeek, associate professor in the Department of Health Services Research at Maastricht University/CAPHRI will join The Young Academy, a group of innovative scientists and scholars, in 2020. Verbeek is the coordinator of the Academic Collaborative Centre on Care for Older People.

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  • Theresa Thoma-Lürken

    Theresa Thoma-Lürken awarded UM Valorisation Prize 2019

    Friday, April 5, 2019

    Theresa Thoma-Lürken, postdoctoral researcher within the research line Ageing and Long-Term Care, was awarded the UM Valorisation Prize 2019 for the quality of her valorisation chapter in her dissertation. 

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  • jan hamers

    Living Lab in Ageing and Long-Term Care: a unique selling point for UM

    Wednesday, December 12, 2018

    The purpose of these changes in long-term care is to improve the quality of life of vulnerable older people. At the Living Lab in Ageing and Long-Term Care in South Limburg, these improvements go hand in hand with high-quality scientific research. The Living Lab in Ageing and Long-Term Care celebrates its 20th anniversary.

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  • Structurele steun voor Academische Werkplaats Ouderenzorg

    Structural funding for South Limburg elderly care network

    Monday, September 24, 2018 Read more

Living Labs

Research Line Ageing and Long-Term Care participates in the following Living Labs: 

Living Lab in Ageing and Long-Term Care South Limburg
Living Lab Sustainable Care


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