Expertise rooted in research & experience
With Livable, you're not just collaborating with a design firm; you're partnering with a repository of wisdom. We bring together age-old principles of balance and harmony with cutting-edge architectural insights. Our experience in the realm of elderly and dementia care is both precise and profound, ensuring the elderly experience a life imbued with dignity, understanding, and comfort.
Publications and interviews by Livable Partners
Prof. Frans Hoogeveen
- Bosco, A., Spano G., Caffo, A.O., Lozes, A., Saracino, G., Pinto, K., Hoogeveen, F.R., & Lancioni. G.E. (2017). Italians do it worse: Montreal Cognitive Assesment (MoCA). Optimal cut-off for people with Alzheimer’s Disease and with probable cognitive impairment. Aging Clinical and Experimental Research, 29, 6, 1113-1120.
Montreal cognitive assessment (MoCA) is a test providing a brief screening for people with cognitive impairment due to aging or neurodegenerative syndromes. In Italy, as in the rest of the world, several validation studies of MoCA have been carried out. This study compared, for the first time in Italy, a sample of people with probable Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) with healthy counterparts. The study also compared two community-dwelling groups of aged participants with and without probable cognitive impairment, as discriminated by two cut-off points of adjusted MMSE score.
- Hoogeveen, F.R., Caffo, A., & Bos, J. (2015). Assistance in maintaining a positive self-image in people with dementia. International Journal of Philosophy and Psychology, 6, 2, 417-431.
Dementia is a disrupting disease, most of all for those suffering from it. In essence, the disease increasingly dismantles the patient as an autonomously acting and thinking person. People with dementia continue being aware of their deterioration to varying degrees during the course of their disease. Feelings of loss of control, uncertainty, fear and grief are experienced, permanently threatening their well-being. In these difficult circumstances, maintaining a positive self-image can contribute to an optimal quality of life. Up until now little research has been done on the effectiveness of interventions that could contribute to maintaining a positive self-image. The authors will systematically discuss a number of possible interventions by means of real-life case histories. They will make recommendations for further research.
Prof. Frans Hoogeveen & Jan Booij
- Hoogeveen, F.R., Kroon, E., Tom, T., Koopman, R., & Booij, J. (2016). De Suzhou-Den Haag Conntecite; Samenwerken rond dementiezorg in China. Denkbeeld, 28,4,26-29.
(Only available in Dutch) China seems far from our daily lives, but the challenges for elderly care there are very similar to the problems we will face in the future: double ageing and the question of how to care for the growing number of elderly people. Because of the enormous scale of the issues and their urgency, Chinese elderly care will have to turn into a pressure cooker for new developments. This offers opportunities for knowledge institutes and care institutions in the Netherlands and Flanders. To help think about new recipes and to what tastes like more on our the menu. The Haagse University of Applied Sciences has already with it.
- Ruys, E., Jan Booij Advies, & IENEC. (2010). Inter-cultural elderly care and social care in The Hague. IENEC.
To the City Council of The Hague, inter-cultural care is not a strange or new phenomenon. In the past 25 years a lot has happened in this field. Several organizations to do with elderly care have already formulated policies in order to also serve the new residents of The Hague. And yet, it is still not generally accepted and that has been the Council’s incentive to prominently put this item on the agenda. Not just talk this time, but act and thereby very clearly work towards changing care giving institutions into culture sensitive organizations. Not just to new clients, but to also unite all employees on all levels and of all cultural backgrounds.
- Stam, C. (2006). De schizofrene positie van de “zwakkere” oudere. Jan Booij Advies.
(Only available in Dutch) Jan Booij is a consultant for healthcare institutions, specialising in intercultural care, demand management and product development. Booij sees this turnaround in the labour market in the increasing interest of companies in things like age-aware personnel policy. That gives hope, but Booij is still cautious: "I do think that companies still need to take a step forward in recognising the value of older employees in the organisation, and with the skill to deploy that value purposefully."