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.
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.
The average senior citizen, 55 years old or older, currently in the Netherlands is less lonely than his or her peers were 20 years ago. They have better social contacts, more often have a partner and their networks are often larger and more diverse, according to a study by social and cultural planning office SCP, NU.nl reports.
At least one in 20 Dutch over 65-year-olds who still live at home face physical, psychological or financial abuse, according to a large-scale study among Dutch senior citizens commissioned by the Ministry of Public Health, Welfare and Sports, NOS reports.
The perpetrator is often a family member, acquaintance or neighbor. In six out of ten cases, the perpetrator is male. In most cases, the abuse occurs more than once. Almost a third of victims report being abused 11 or more times. As they get older, the elderly are more often abused.
A 13-year-old boy was arrested on Tuesday for robbing an 86-year-old woman in Geldrop last month. The victim sustained a serious head wound and lost consciousness during the robbery, Omroep Brabant reports.
The woman was robbed around 7:30 p.m. on April 3rd on De Bleek in Geldrop. A boy grabbed her and grabbed her handbag. The elderly women fell and hit her head. She had to be treated in hospital.
Three persons broke into a home in Deurne on Friday morning. They tied up the elderly couple in the home, robbed them, and fled, the police said on Twitter.
The robbers were wearing balaclavas and entered the home on Zwin through the back. As far as is known, no weapons were used. The perpetrators fled with an amount of money.
The police are looking for a mountain bike rider who pushed an 80-year-old cyclist off his bicycle in Egmond aan den Hoef on Saturday. The elderly man sustained a broken nose, broken fingers, a bruised hand and various abrasions, NH Nieuws reports.
According to the victim's son Erwin Palsma, his father addressed the mountain biker for cutting him off on Hemweg. The mountain biker got angry, and pushed the elderly man off his bicycle before cycling away towards Bergen.
Over the past year multiple elderly people were abused in nursing home De Leeuwenhoek in Rotterdam by staff and fellow residents, Trouw reports based on witness testimony and supporting documents.
The abuse ranges from verbal aggression to physical violence, according to the newspaper. An anonymous source also told Trouw that staff steal from the elderly residents and that the residents sometimes don't get the medicine they need.
Residential care complex Fermate on Handellaan in Zwolle was partially evacuated on Monday after a fire broke out. Firefighters are at the scene in large numbers, because there are many elderly people in the building, the local safety office said to ANP.
How many people were evacuated from their homes is not yet clear. They were taken to a nearby school. So far no injuries were reported.
The fire was noticed around 1:00 p.m. What caused it, is not yet clear.
Over 700 thousand elderly people in the Netherlands are sometimes lonely, according to a report by the Ministry of Public Health. That number is expected to increase to 1.1 million by 2030. Health Minister Hugo de Jonge presented a set of measures to combat loneliness among the elderly, and the government is investing 26 million euros into the plan over the coming years, RTL Nieuws reports.
Dutch detectives are struggling under a massive workload and as a result can only get to a fraction of their tasks, police union NPB says in a new report that will be sent to the Tweede Kamer on Tuesday. The Netherlands is turning into a "narco state" where drug trafficking thrives and most criminal groups are left undisturbed, the union warns in the report that NOS has in its position.
By standers escorted an elderly woman in a microcar off the A1 highway near Amsterdam on Monday evening. They took her to a nearby gas station and called the police to take her home, the police said on Twitter.
A microcar is a tiny car with a maximum speed of 45 kilometers per hour. Such vehicles are not allowed on Dutch highways.
With the new year starting, the Dutch government is implementing a number of new laws and changing some existing ones. Below is an explanation of changes to the law applying to elderly people.
Retirement age in the Netherlands increases to 66 years old on January 1. A year ago, those of age 65 and 9 months qualified for social security.
The tax credit for the elderly also rises by 115 euros in 2018 to €1,418.
Couples who live together, especially those without children, are the most often prosperous and most satisfied and healthy people in the Netherlands. Older people, single people and especially single parents with young children score less well on these factors, according to Statistics Netherlands' quality of life study for 2017.
A 101-year-old woman was robbed in her Utrecht home by a beggar who followed her home from the store on Wednesday morning. And in Best a 91-year-old woman was injured by a burglar who came into her home while she was sleeping early that same morning.
The body of an 83-year-old man was found in a pond near Westwal in Goes on Wednesday morning. The police believe the man, a resident of Goes, became unwell and fell into the water, BN De Stem reports.
A passerby spotted the body around 6:30 a.m. and called the police. Several police officers and forensic investigators responded to the scene.
"He died a natural death", the police said, according to the newspaper. "A bicycle was found, but it is not known if it belonged to the man."
The man's family was notified.
One in seven residents of nursing homes in the Netherlands are very rarely or never able to leave the nursing home to go visit friends or family, and a quarter of the elderly people almost never go outside, according to a report by social and cultural planning office SCP. According to the report, these elderly people would like to get out of the nursing home every now and again, but can't because there's no one to help them or their health problems don't allow it, RTL Nieuws reports.
A 78-year-old woman was assaulted and left with serious injuries in a home invasion in the Noord-Brabant town of Bladel on Thursday morning. She was taken to hospital with a severe head injury, among other things, Eindhovens Dagblad reports.
How long the elderly woman was lying wounded in her Wooninc home on Rondweg before she was found, is unclear. An acquaintance called the police around 8:00 a.m. on Thursday. The woman was conscious and able to speak with the police officers when they arrived.
The Netherlands' current generation of over 65-year-olds are relatively healthy, active and vital, according to a Statistics Netherlands report on trends in the Netherlands. The stats office calls this an important development, ANP reports.
Summer temperatures of up to 33 degrees expected in the Netherlands this week triggered national health institute RIVM to issue a heat warning for most of the Netherlands. The heat warning is in effect for the seven provinces in central and southern Netherlands between Monday and Thursday, NU.nl reports.
A 37-year-old priest was reprimanded by the bishop in Den Bosch for accepting money from a deeply religious, elderly woman. The 89-year-old woman gave over 100 thousand euros to the priest between 2011 and 2015, the Volkskrant reports.
If the priest accepts any more money from the woman, he will be suspended.
One of the woman's nephews discovered the money transfers. "What my aunt does with her money is her free choice", he said to the Volkskrant. "But I think this is a matter of indoctrination by a priest of a deeply religious woman."
The current group of 65-year-olds and older in the Netherlands is much better off than the 65-plussers of 20 years ago, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Tuesday. The capital of 65-plus households increased from an average of 22 thousand euros annually in 1995 to 86,500 in 2015, ANP reports.