ENACT - Developing a toolkit for best practices for offering mEaNingful ACTivities to nursing home residents with dementia in the Netherlands.

To Dutch page

Brief description

Together with health care professionals, family, and volunteers, we will develop a toolkit with 'best practices' to offer meaningful activities to people with severe dementia living in Dutch nursing homes.


Marlon Smeitink MA, PhD-candidate, LUMC
Miriam Haaksma PhD, senior researcher, LUMC
Hanneke Smaling PhD, senior researcher, LUMC
Monique Caljouw PhD, assistant professor, LUMC
Prof. dr. Wilco Achterberg, professor of Institutional Care and Elderly Care Medicine, LUMC

Participating organisations



Marlon Smeitink MA

Start study


Expected completion



Meaningful activities are activities that are adapted to the person with dementia and provide a sense of pleasure. Successful meaningful activities may improve quality of care, quality of life, and social relationships between people with dementia and their caregivers. Not all people benefit from the same activities. Choosing and implementing meaningful activities in practice is difficult. The aim of this study is to develop a toolkit that supports family and professional caregivers in choosing, performing, and evaluating meaningful activities for nursing home residents with dementia. 

In collaboration with

WZH, Warande


ZonMw (639003901)