One in every three people over the age of 70 say they avoid going outside due to Covid-19 fears, with more than half saying that they are afraid of contracting the coronavirus disease, said the Red Cross. According to the Dutch arm of the international aid group, this means that the elderly should continue to be taken into account, even with Covid-19 restrictions beginning to ease.
Fewer elderly patients with the coronavirus are being transferred to intensive care units. In March over a third of Covid-19 patients in ICU were older than 70, in April that dropped to a quarter, newspaper Trouw reports based on figures from ICU foundation NICE and public health institute RIVM.
Elderly people in the Netherlands have difficulty asking for help from strangers during the coronavirus crisis, according to a survey by the Red Cross. Only 9 percent of Dutch aged 70 or older said they don't mind asking for help from a stranger. And about 35 percent are even reluctant to ask for help from an aid organization, RTL Nieuws reports.
Supermarkets in the Netherlands are being called to take measures to ensure that everyone can get their shopping done during the Covid-19 crisis. Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs asked that they reserve an hour for elderly customers every day. Actor Thomas Acda started a Twitter action through which healthcare workers in Amsterdam can place their grocery orders and pick them up after their shift.
With a new year comes a host of law changes, new rules, and regulations to be implemented in the Netherlands. The Dutch government is enforcing dozens of these new laws as of January 1, 2020. Every year, the NL Times does a roundup of these rules changes for non-Dutch speaking people. Here follows a summary of the main changes per category.
For 2020, the Dutch government categorized these laws into nine different sections. Click on each section header for a full article about each category's changes in the new year.
The Dutch government is implementing a large number of rules, regulations, and law changes at the stroke of midnight on January 1. There were no known changes in the category of Pensioners as of the time of publishing:
The state retirement age - the AOW-leeftijd - will not be increasing in 2020 and remains 66 years and four months.
At least a quarter of elderly people in the Netherlands have been targeted by scammers who tried to chat their way into their homes. Over a fifth of targeted people had money or other valuables stolen, according to a study by seniors' organization KBO-PCOB among 1,300 senior citizens. The organization called for measures, AD reports.
The government must allocate extra money to combat the teacher shortage and implement tax reductions for the elderly and people with a low income, according to the PvdA. If that does not happen, the party will vote against the government's tax plan and education budget, PvdA leader Lodewijk Asscher said to NOS.
Last year a total of 74,900 elderly people in the Netherlands were treated in emergency rooms for serious injuries after a fall, an increase of 5,200 compared to 2017, according to figures released by VeilgheidNL.
Hundreds of elderly people on the Dutch Caribbean islands of Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius regularly go to bed hungry. They have no food at home and often can't find a spot at the daycare, where food is provided, National Ombudsman Reinier van Zutphen said in his report Eye for the Elderly in the Caribbean Netherlands, NOS reports.
While the summer is a time of fun and vacation for many people in the Netherlands, it is often a time of loneliness for the country's senior citizens. Research by seniors' organization KBO-PCOB shows that 15 percent of Dutch elderly feel more lonely in the summer than in the rest of the year. To address this, the Ministry of Public Health, Welfare and Sport launched a campaign against summer loneliness.
One in 20 elderly people in the Netherlands face abuse. Ministers Hugo de Jonge of Public Health and Sander Dekker for Legal Protection launched a television campaign to increase awareness on how to recognize and report the abuse of the elderly people. New commercials for the campaign will start appearing on television this week.
The police launched an investigation into the death of a 91-year-old woman from The Hague. The elderly woman's body was found in her home on Erasmusweg on May 8th. The police can't rule out a crime, so a large-scale investigation team as established to work on this case, NU.nl reports
The police already spoke to many of the victim's neighbors, but are still looking for witnesses. They call on anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious around the woman's home on May 7th or 8th to come forward.
A 79-year-old woman was seriously injured in a hit-and-run in Breda on Sunday night. She was hit by a car as she crossed the street. The motorist left the scene of the accident. The police are looking for the perpetrator, and given the severity of the victim's injuries, decided to release surveillance camera footage of the accident.
Two men were arrested on suspicion of assaulting an elderly man out for a walk Sunday morning. The victim, 80, was kicked and beaten, and he wound up in the hospital with a broken nose.
He went out for a walk near his home in Maassluis, Zuid Holland, when he exchanged words with two men in a parked car. The conversation quickly turned into an argument, leading to the attack.
The Spanish police rescued an elderly Dutch woman and German man from what the police describe as a "horror nursing home" near the city of Cadiz. The two elderly people were locked up with at least five other foreign seniors in the nursing home, where they were drugged, abused and given food exclusively through tube feeding, while they could eat normally, NOS reports.
Six people were arrested on suspicion of defrauding the elderly. According to the Spanish police, they stole over 1.8 million euros from their victims.
Doctors, the Dutch Patient Federation and elderly union ANBO are calling on people, especially older people, to think about whether or not they want to be resuscitated. Many people don't think about this, resulting in patients having to suddenly make a decision during an emergency situation or prior to a risky medial procedure, they said to AD.
Last year 6 percent of Dutch aged 12 or older said that they never use the internet. That amounts to about 886 thousand people, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday. In 2012 some 10 percent of the Dutch population said they never use the internet.
Dozens of new laws, rules, and regulations went into effect in the Netherlands at the stroke of midnight on Tuesday. Among them, a cut to the 30-percent ruling, new income tax credits, mortgage caps, a sales tax increase, expanded childcare subsides, and more rights for cities to seize homes related to the illegal drugs trade.
The Dutch government is implementing a number of law changes on January 1st. Below find a summary of changes made in the category Elderly.
The state pension is increasing next year. Pensioners can calculate how much pension they will receive next year on this site.
The Rutte III government has too little regard for the thousands of vulnerable people in the Netherlands who do not receive the care that they need, the National Ombudsman, the Netherlands Court of Auditors and social and cultural planning office SCP said in a joint statement on Wednesday. The Tweede Kamer, lower house of Dutch parliament, is discussing the healthcare budget on Wednesday afternoon, NU.nl reports.
Half of the money dedicated to healthcare in the Netherlands is used by people aged 65 and over, according to information center Vektis. Last year 28 billion euros of the healthcare budget was spent on caring for the elderly, NU.nl reports.
Long-term care for the elderly carried the highest price tag last year at 11 billion euros. Hospital care followed in second place at 8.4 billion dollars, and district nursing in third at 2.8 billion euros. On average, the care for each person over the age of 65 costs 8,650 euros.
Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code orange weather warning for extreme heat in the entire country, except for the Wadden area. The warning is in place from 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday until Friday.
The Netherlands is dealing with tropical temperatures this week, with maximum temperatures above 30 degrees. Thursday and Friday will be especially hot. Maximums of 35 degrees Celsius or higher are expected inland and in urban areas. The nights will also be warm, with minimus around 20 degrees.
Pay extra attention to the elderly during the coming hot days, the Red Cross advises. According to the aid organization, this vulnerable group is at risk of dehydration and overheating in the high temperatures expected for this week, NOS reports.