The National Foundation for the Elderly (NFE), is a charity that promotes quality of life for older persons in the Netherlands. The primary focus of NFE is on preventing isolation, reflected by the Forget-Me-Not logo. NFE supports seniors through meaningful projects and services that:
- Improve social inclusion
- Improve active and healthy ageing
- Improve safety and security
The NFE has a large network of buses and activity centers across the Netherlands that organizes activities for seniors that are at risk of exclusion. These activities range from sports, shopping, summer days on the beach, Christmas dinners and knitting clubs, increasing social contacts in a concrete and simple manner. The NFE promotes actively senior rights and performs social research on important cases related to quality care, senior discrimination, elderly abuse and senior LGBT rights. It organizes national campaigns and organizes training and networking sessions between care professionals to raise awareness and interchange best practices. The NFE works as a trusted intermediary between private and public services and older persons, helping seniors to find the path towards support and care, creating an extensive knowledge base for research and innovation. The NFE participates actively in European projects with the main objective to promote elderly wellbeing through ICT. It has experience in user-centered innovation and iterative processes of development with the active involvement of older persons in focus groups, interviews and pilot trials. It uses its large network of welfare organizations to disseminate and leverage results of research projects into society.