The number of people aged over 65 years in the Netherlands is expected to increase to around 4 million by the year 2030. They will then number a quarter of the population. There are different views about this trend, referred to as 'population ageing'. Some see it as a danger or even a disaster, while others refer to it as a silver wave or see it as the new engine to drive the Dutch economy.
SCP has carried out research for many years on the life situation of the elderly, and has published the Report on the Elderly (Rapportage ouderen) since 1992, focusing on themes such as education, employment, leisure time use, financial position, health and use of care provisions. In 2008 the Report was produced in a different form, as the Elderly Policy Monitor (Monitor Ouderenbeleid). The Monitor describes Dutch government policy on the elderly in relation to health, care, participation, income and housing. SCP also looks at the position of older members of ethnic minorities, the social participation of older persons and their use of ICT.
Research at SCP
Research on the elderly is mainly concentrated in the Care, Emancipation and Time Use research sector. A report has appeared in 2011 focusing on the frail elderly. Specific themes are covered by other research sectors. For more information, see also the topics Informal care, Poverty and ICT.
Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport: information on Dutch government policy on the elderly
CBS (Statistics Netherlands):, more data on the elderly
Many organisations and institutes also conduct research on the life situation of the elderly, e.g.: