Digital Kick-off Conference euPrevent PROFILE

30 September 2021

The project partners of the euregional project euPrevent PROFILE would like to invite you to the Kick-off Conference on Thursday 30 September 2021. PROFILE stands for Prevention of loneliness older people in the Euregio. During the online event, the project will be officially launched.

euPrevent PROFILE aims to stimulate cross-border cooperation with the general objectives to:

  • Prevent and combat unwanted loneliness among older people
  • Exchange knowledge and best practices on loneliness
  • Raise awareness across regions and generations of the effects of loneliness
  • Connect citizens, professionals and organisations
  • Increase citizen participation

This project is a 2.5-year cooperation between 7 partners in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine. Most partners have been working together for several years on various projects within the euPrevent programme line Mental Health.

What can you expect on 30 September?

  • An introduction to the ‘euPrevent PROFILE’ project
  • Euroregional speakers and experts by experience
    Talks about loneliness: different types of loneliness, target groups, facts and forecasts, impact COVID-19, examples from practice.


Below you will find the full programme for the euPrevent PROFILE kick-off. The kick-off will be moderated by Ms. Brigitte van der Zanden (euPrevent).

The speakers will present in their own language. Interpreters will also be present at this digital meeting for simultaneous translation into German, French and Dutch.


Time Topic Speaker
10.00 – 10.10 euPrevent PROFILE: goals and design Prof. dr. Frans Verhey
(professor in Old Age Psychiatry, Alzheimer Center Limburg, Maastricht University, The Netherlands)
10.10 – 10.30 Loneliness has many colours… Different types of loneliness Prof. dr. Anja Machielse (philosopher and social scientist, University of Humanistic Studies in Utrecht, the Netherlands)
10.30 – 10.50 Risk factors for the development of loneliness across the second half of life Dr. Oliver Huxhold (Senior Researcher, German Centre of Gerontology, Germany)
10.50 – 10.55 Latest data on loneliness Dr. KlaasJan Hajema (epidemiologist/researcher, Public Health Service South Limburg, The Netherlands)
10.55 – 11.15 ‘A meal for her cat. About the life and lonely funeral of Mrs. E. from Buitenveldert’ Mr. Joris van Casteren (Author, The Netherlands)
11.15 – 11.25 (active) Break UM-sport
11.25 – 11.45 Between dream and reality : promoting “social participation of older adults” to social policies. The case of Interreg program TAAFE (Towards Alpine Age-Friendly Environment)” Prof. dr. Thibauld Moulaert (Lecturer in sociology, Grenoble Alpes University, Laboratory PACTE UMR 5194, France)
11.45 – 12.05 Community Restaurants Limburg Ms. Linda Bleukx (Community worker Community building RIMO Limburg, Belgium)
12.05 – 12.20 Together instead of alone – promoting social participation in old age Mr. Franz Müntefering (Chairman of BAGSO – German National Association of Senior Citizens’ Organisations, Germany)
12.20 – 12.30 Closing words and launch of euPrevent PROFILE Ms. Brigitte van der Zanden (euPrevent) with contributions of Mr. Mark Vos (Interreg EMR)


Registration for this event is closed.


30 September 2021 10.00-12.30