Verenso, the Dutch Association of Elderly Care Physicians and Social Geriatricians is the non-profit organisation of close to 1.550 professionals. Our main objectives are to improve the health, independence and quality of life of frail elderly people. This is achieved by proactively responding to developments in health care and society, by developing guidelines and policies, by lobbying, and by providing services to our members.

Board of Directors

The board of directors consists of Drs. Franz.J. Roos LL.M, a full time all-round executive director, with expertise in the field of strategy, organization, and finance, and a part time director, Drs. Nienke Nieuwenhuizen, MD, a professional elderly care physician. She is chairman of the board and represents the association.

Supervisory board

From 1 January 2006, Verenso works officially with a supervisory board. This board determines the policy outlines and supervises the execution. The board consists of elderly care physicians and social geriatricians. The members of the board are appointed by the General Assembly of Members.


The association has 18 regions. Each Verenso member is also a region member and is entitled to participate in regional meetings and activities. These meetings deal with professional and management issues and are used as a sounding board for both supervisory board and board of directors. Having its own management, the regions play an important role in implementing Verenso’s policy.

General Assembly of Members

Being the association’s highest organ, the assembly determines the policy outlines. They submit the policies, vision documents, budget and annual account to its members for agreement. Every year, in spring and autumn, Verenso organizes two assemblies of members for the occupational group.

The Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG)

Verenso is federation partner of The Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG).


The Verenso office has its seat at Utrecht. The office, with eleven employees, takes care of the management execution.