Special Focus on The Netherlands


Thoughts on The Netherlands

By Debra Whitman, Chief Public Policy Officer, AARP

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The 2019 edition From feature articles to photo essays, the pages of this Journal explore how Dutch individuals and organizations are embracing longevity, and highlight ways we might be able to adapt their groundbreaking work. Additionally, this edition features a multi-sector line-up of top officials and thought leaders including: Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO); Charlie Baker, Governor of Massachusetts; Anna Dixon, Chief Executive of the Centre for Ageing Better in the United Kingdom; ; Angus Grant, CEO of venture capital fund Dementia Discovery Fund; Nicolas Menet, CEO of Silver Valley – France, and more.

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  • By Claire Casey and Jeff Gullo
  • Jan 23, 2019

2018 Aging Readiness and Competitiveness Report

The findings were remarkable. While each of these countries has a population of less than 25 million people, many of these nations have proved to be more nimble and willing to innovate and find solutions for the realities of aging than the large countries we studied for our first report.

  • By Jo Ann Jenkins
  • Jan 23, 2019

From the CEO: AARP International The Journal 2019

Celebrating 60 Years of International Engagement

  • By Aimee Carter
  • Jan 23, 2019

From the Editor: AARP International The Journal 2019

“Fueling that drive toward innovation is the belief that we can create solutions to challenges, creating value for all members of society, and enabling each of us to live healthier, fuller lives.”



  • By Holly Schulz
  • Jan 23, 2019

Age Friendly The Hague

Located on the banks of the North Sea, The Hague is the seat of government of the Netherlands and known as an international city of peace and justice. The city is also working toward becoming an age-friendly leader, creating an environment that fosters independence and vitality.

  • By Joris Slaets
  • Jan 23, 2019

Aging in The Netherlands

When reading all this, you could say we can’t complain. But it is in the Dutch nature to be critical and always look for better and smarter ways. And I believe there actually is room for improvement.

  • By Isabel Ortiz and Florian Juergens
  • Jan 23, 2019

Social Protection for Older Women

"While women’s disadvantage in older age is mainly a result of discrimination throughout the life-course, the design of gender-sensitive pension systems is essential.”

  • By Debra B. Whitman
  • Jan 23, 2019

Thoughts on The Netherlands

There is no substitute for seeing something with one’s own eyes. That conviction inspired my recent trip to The Netherlands to explore in person the creative ways the nation is dealing with its rapidly growing population of older adults.



  • By Angus Grant
  • Jul 23, 2019

Tackling Dementia by Investing in Translational Medicine

"Providing the funding needed to turn an idea into a viable therapy will help advancements in the field of dementia parallel the great strides made in cancer treatments and match effective, novel drugs to the patients they can benefit. This is the goal of the Dementia Discovery Fund."

  • By Susan Weinstock
  • Jan 23, 2019

Age Is Just a Number

One terrible myth is that older workers are slow and can’t keep up with their younger counterparts. In fact, productivity actually increases with age.

  • By Alex Mihnovits
  • Jan 23, 2019

Age of Data - Where's Ageing?

The Insights report finds that there are gaps in relation to evidence on health and ageing of the current cohorts of older men and women.

  • By Renee McGowan and Natalie Corrado
  • Jan 23, 2019

Colliding Worlds: An Aging Workforce, Artificial Intelligence, and the Impact on the Future of Work

Older workers are indeed becoming more willing and able to engage in meaningful work, and companies would do well to incorporate older workers into their future strategies.

  • By Erwin Tan
  • Jan 23, 2019

Doctor’s Orders: Life’s Healthier with Travel and Play Breaks

At AARP, we believe that play — in the form of sports, hobbies or daily walks, or travel in the form of vacations and long weekends — has tremendous potential to support a vibrant and healthy life. 

  • By Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Alana Officer
  • Jan 23, 2019

Growing Older in Cities: Addressing the Twin Challenges of Ageing and Urbanization

For the first time in history, most people can expect to live to age 60 or beyond, although major inequalities in life expectancy persist both across and within countries.

  • By Zara Nanu
  • Jan 23, 2019

Pay, Gender, and Pensions: High Time to Retire the Gender Pay Gap

We are starting to see many interesting trends. One such trend that has predominated across industry, company size, and geography is that the gender pay gap starts to accelerate when women reach their 30s and doubles with every decade in the workplace.”