Interreg EUREGIO Meuse Rhine: Project Senior Friendly Communities, Prof. Frans Verhey






Euregional Project “Senior Friendly Communities”


Live safely, enjoy life, stay involved

Together we are creating senior friendly communities in a cross-border setting, to ensure all seniors in the Euregion Meuse-Rhine can pleasantly continue participating in daily life.  


This message is key to the “Senior Friendly Communities” project.

In this project, nine Euregional partners work together with 31 participating communities from the Euregion Meuse-Rhine. Their common aim is to create senior friendly communities: communities in which care, carers and inclusion of everyone are at the heart of daily life. The project focuses on mental health of seniors, more specifically on dementia and geriatric depression.


The euPrevent Foundation | EMR

The Senior Friendly Communities project is embedded in the Mental Healthcare program of the euPrevent Foundation | EMR.The euPrevent | EMR Foundation supports cross-border collaboration between professionals and organisations engaged in maintaining, promoting and improving public health in the Euregion Meuse-Rhine.


Project leader and partners

Maastricht University is the Lead partner of the Senior Friendly Communities project.

The involved partners are:

  • Huis voor de Zorg (NL)
  • Mutualité chrétienne Verviers-Eupen (BE)
  • Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) de Liège (BE)
  • Kreis Heinsberg -Gesundheitsamt/Stabsstelle für demografischen Wandel und Sozialplanung (DE)
  • Limburgs Gezondheidsoverleg (LOGO) (BE)
  • Dienststelle für Selbstbestimmtes Leben (BE)
  • GGD Zuid Limburg (NL)
  • Stichting euPrevent|EMR (NL)


The role of Maastricht University

Maastricht University is the lead partner of the project and provides knowledge in the field of mental health. It involves the expertise of the Alzheimer Centrum Limburg in this regard. Maastricht University is responsible for leading the project and giving support to the project partners, coordinators and participating communities. The project will assess the policies and existing activities for the target group in each of the communities. Maastricht University will process the data gained from this assessment and write advisory rapports to the communities. In addition to that, it will assist the communities in making their choice of the activities from the “activity buffet”, which consists of several interventions. Among those activities, there will be two e-health interventions that were developed by Maastricht University. 



The Senior Friendly Communities project is carried out within the framework of Interreg V-A Euregio Maas-Rhine and supported by the European Union and the European Regional Governance Authority Interreg V-A Euregion Meuse-Rhine Development, with EUR 983.167,50. The project also receives co-financing and the project partners pay their own contribution.


Duration of the project

The project started in September 2016 and operates for three years.