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Registration includes:

  • 1 - Digital International conference on Green aged care innovations (Live on 26th May 2021)

    Discover international best practices in green care from renowned expert-managers of awarded aged care organizations.

  • 2 - Case study of a Dutch green nursing home (Filmed on-site, available now)

    Access the case study of Pennemes & Het Mennistenerf elected Dutch Nursing Home of the Future in 2019 for its successful green innovations.

Why Green Care Innovations?


The world is faced with two transformational challenges, the caring for a rapidly aging population and responding to climate change. Green innovations are tackling both of these challenges at once, by improving the quality and the sustainability of aged care practices and organizations. Learn from international case studies on how green care is being effectively adopted and boosting health, happiness and resilience in aged care environments.


  • Get a concrete international perspective and an exclusive insight into inspiring best practices from a selection of the most innovative aged care organizations in the world, discovering their pathway to green innovations.

  • Immerse yourself in a wide range of inspirational best practices, gaining new resources to tackle key challenges of aged care and sustainability.

  • Be a part of a world-level expert forum for reflection and action with the Dialog Health eJourney membership.

Attend the live digital conference on 26th May 2021 and access the virtual case study of Pennemes

Live International Conference on Green aged care


Innovation Advisor of Pennemes and Het Mennistenerf

Dr. Rutger De Graaf

Dr. Rutger de Graaf has been a healthcare innovation manager for 20 years. He started his career in the pharmaceutical industry where he specialized on innovation process. He is the Innovation and Communication advisor of Pennemes and Mennistenerf, where he plays a central role promoting nature-assisted innovation.

General coordinator of Het Zand (Netherlands)

Moniek Beltman

For more then 10 years, Moniek Beltman has been the coordinator of the Dutch healthcare organization 'Het Zand'. Het Zand provides housing and care for dependent older adults and adults with brain injuries or psychiatric disorders. At Het Zand there are currently 700 residents in six different locations. All six units are located in rural and agricultural areas of the Netherlands. Het Zand values the positive effects of offering a green environment to its clients, with lots of plants, trees and animals. Their healthcare settings and buildings are profoundly integrated with nature both indoors and outdoors. Moniek will share her management experience and key insights in overcoming setbacks and resistances on the development of green care.

Chief Nurse in the City of Tampere (Finland)

Jaana Ahonen

Nature is embedded in the culture and healthcare system of Finland, a country with very low population density and green cities. Ms Jaana Ahonen will share how nature is integrated in the work of nurses and caregivers for dependent older Finnish. Ms Ahonen will give examples of green care practices and even technologies improving the lives and care of the elderly. Also, Ms Ahonen will discuss how green care may also improve the wellbeing of care professionals themselves.

Ph.D. degree in Microbiology and Genetics from the University of Tokyo

Yaeko Masuchi

Public educator and early-stage Alzheimer’s disease social leader at Alzheimer’s Association in the USA. She received her before coming to the USA. Later, she graduated from the University of Southern California, School of Gerontology and received her Master of Gerontology, then went to Finland for further study for senior care and obtained her Master of Public Health. She works to raise the awareness of Alzheimer’s disease including care system improvement and prevention.

Ph.D Researcher at the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology in Japan.

Dr. Chaiki Ura

She graduated from the Faculty of Education at Yokohama National University, received her Master of Education from Tokyo Gakugei University, and her Ph.D in Psychology from Shirayuri University. Her recent research interests are in the areas of Dementia care, including the effect of green care farms, the roles of religion as social resources, and building a model of dementia friendly communities.

Ph.D. Researcher at the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology in Japan

Dr. Tsuyoshi Okamura

He graduated from the University of Tokyo and obtained a doctor's license in 2002. He later received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Tokyo Graduate School. He has been working as a psychiatrist. He also has been researching clinical psychiatry, intervention to older homeless people, qualitative research about everyday lives of people with dementia, and green care farms.

International Conference on Green care

26th May 2021, from 12.00 -14.00 CEST


The contact with nature is essential for the health and wellbeing of humans being, although often overlooked in our modern living conditions. This is particularly true in aged care, as you will learn from the latest research insights in the field of green care. Take a dive into the data showing how therapeutic programmes addressed to dependent older adults can be improved by incorporating ‘green’ elements such as care farming, animal-assisted therapy, therapeutic horticulture and others.

Presentation 1 --- Green care in The Netherlands

The Netherlands is the largest producer of flowers and horticulture in the world but nature is not only a subject of economy but also of health for this country. You will explore how one of the world’s best healthcare system is effectively adopting green innovations in aged care. Benefit from two study cases: green care in the urban area with dr. Rutger de Graaf and green care in the rural area with Ms. Moniek Beltman.

Presentation 2 --- Green care in Finland

Nature is embedded in the culture and the healthcare system of Finland. You will be able to get in the shoes of the nurse Jaana Ahonen to learn how green care is improving the lives of the seniors and the wellbeing of care professionals in the Finnish city of Tampere.

Presentation 3 --- Green care in Japan

Dr. Chaiki Ura and dr. Tsuyoshi Okamura are researchers from the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology and will present their latest findings in the development of green care farms in Japan, the country with the oldest population in the world. Their work also leverages from local and international experiences to develop new models of green care in the highly urbanized region of Tokyo.


Attend the live digital conference on 26th May 2021 and access the virtual case study of Pennemes

Take an eJourney to an awarded Green nursing home in the Netherlands

eJourneys are exclusive case studies filmed on the world's most innovative care organizations detailing the implementation of their best practices.

Your conference package also includes access to the case study of Pennemes & Het Mennisterf, elected the Dutch Nursing Home of the Future in 2019 for its successful green care practices.

You will discover Pennemes & Het Mennisterf pathway to green care through a sequence of short videos, guiding you step by step, at your own pace. You will also download a report synthesizing the key learning points of your visit. See below a free preview and the full curriculum of your eJourney.

Watch a free preview of the step "Adopting plants to improve air quality"

Check out the complete curriculum of your eJourney

  • 1

    Start your eJourney

    • How to use your eJourney platform

    • Download the Workbook: the educational report of your eJourney

    • Welcome to Pennemes by Dr. Rutger de Graaf

    • How many residents and what are their profiles?

    • Pennemes key user and staff figures

    • How is it to live at Pennemes?

    • Adopting plants to improve air quality

    • Enabling sunlight in the care environment

    • Adopting animals

    • Implementing playful green activities

    • Welcome by the coordinator of green volunteers

    • Why and how to adopt a playful green environment?

    • The rooftop garden

    • Welcome by green volunteers

    • The importance of intergenerational activities

    • How many green volunteers are working ?

    • What are the activities of the green volunteers?

    • How to manage green volunteers?

    • How to retain volunteers?

    • What is the place of green volunteers in the organization?

    • How to have a good impact on the environment?

    • The healthcare system calls for green innovation

    • Linking sustainability and health

    • Reducing food waste

    • How can green innovation be financed?

    • The benefits of buying locally

    • Recommendations for organizations going green

    • The importance of a bottom-up approach

  • 2

    Download the Workbook recaping key takeaways

    • Workbook

  • 3

    Feedback Survey

    • Feedback Survey

Attend the live digital conference on 26th May 2021 and access the virtual case study of Pennemes