Words on the new chair of EUNAAPA: Nico van Meeteren!

By Nina Waaler, former chair

Physical acitivity in older persons is more than ever of great significance both from a social as well as an individual perspective. Physical activity is preventive to a number of diseases among elderly people and is a source of joy, expression of life and positive self-affirmative experiences. Hence, the society needs elderly people that are physically active. Moreover, the elderly man and woman need a society in which physical environment are arranged and organized as to encourage and facilitate an active life, and that makes it safer as well as more attractive and pleasurable to choose an active lifestyle. 

Through the last years and together with members and colleagues in the network, we have conducted some important work in line with our vision: 'Optimal health and quality of life for older people in Europe through physical activity.' For example, by being active on several conferences we have provided information and expert advice to policy makers, providers and professionals in the fields of ageing, physical activity and health. The planned activities for the next year can be found in our roadmap here.

After a period as a chair of the EUNAAPA steering committee, in succession of the founding chair Prof. Dr. Marijke Hopman-Rock, I have now decided to withdraw as a chair. I will however, continue as a member of the steering committee. However, the network has several important objectives that still remain to be reached. With Nico van Meeteren as a chair the EUNAAPA network, I am sure we have an important and new beginning! 

Nico van Meeteren was trained as a Physical Therapist and PhD, is an expert on research and education in rehabilitation sciences. His research concerns the development and recovery of loco-motor tract pathology, both in the preclinical and clinical setting as well as in society at large. Currently Van Meeteren is Director of Innovation Healthy for Life of the Netherlands Organisation of Applied Scientific Research TNO and board member of Body@Work and of the Center for Care Technology Research. In 2009 Van Meeteren was awarded “De Parel” of the Netherlands Organisation of Research and Development ZonMw for the development of the Better in, better out concept.


What is EUNAAPA?

The EUropean Network for Action on Ageing and Physical Activity (EUNAAPA) is a thematic, collaborative network aiming to improve the health, wellbeing and independence of older people throughout Europe by the promotion of evidence based physical activity. EUNAAPA had defined its objectives and carries out projects. read more.



Professionals working in the field of physical activity and ageing are invited to join the network. Membership is free for everyone who wishes to become active and share information and work together to promote physical activity in older persons. EUNAAPA was specifically founded to bring scientists, professionals, providers, policymakes and older persons representatives together.  read more

Stay informed about the EUNAAPA network

News about the EUNAAPA network and the field of physical activity and ageing can be found in the news section and the Agenda section. Members and non-members can also sign up for the newsletter. read more

Output by the EUNAAPA network

The EUNAAPA network aims to disseminate evidence based strategies for the promotion of phyiscal activity amond older persons. All products from the EUNAAPA network can be downloaded for free. read more.

EUNAAPA Activities

The EUNAAPA network aims to reach it goals not only by connecting people but also by carrying out projects in the field of physical activity and ageing. Results of carried out projects and current project can be found on this website. read more.


If you wish to contact the network and its members please do so. read more.