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Registration includes:

  • 1 - Digital International conference on Green aged care innovations (Live on 1st July)

    Discover international best practices in green care from renowned expert-managers of awarded aged care organizations. Live on 1st July 2021, from 8am-10am (Sydney time, Australia)

  • 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 1st July 2021 and access the virtual case study of Pennemes

Digital Conference


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.

o 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.

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

Dr. Chiaki Ura

o 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.

International Conference on Green care

1st July 2021, from 8am-10am (Sydney time (Australia))

Presentation 1 --- The concept of green care

Dr. Chaiki Ura, Ph.D. degree in Microbiology and Genetics from the University of Tokyo

Presentation 2 --- Green care in the Netherlands

Dr. Rutger de Graaf, Pennemes and Het Mennistenerf - the Netherlands

Presentation 3 --- Green care in rural areas

Ms. Jaana Ahonen, Municipality of Tampere - Finland

Attend the live digital conference on 1st July 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?

    • Enabling sunlight in the care environment

    • Adopting plants to improve air quality

    • Adopting animals

    • Implementing playful green activities

    • Welcome by the coordinator of green volunteers

    • Why and how to adopt a playful green environement?

    • 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

    • The benefits of buying locally

    • How can green innovation be financed?

    • 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 online to the live international conference on Green aged care 1st July 2021 and access the Dutch case study of Pennemes & Het Mennisterf

Why the Global Ageing Network recommends the eJourneys?