Photographic Treatment ©

Photographic Treatment © wants to make a positive contribution to the well-being of elderly people with dementia. With pictures as a therapeutic tool, we provide these vulnerable elderly persons with a positive experience, while at the same time stimulating their brains.


Photo intervention

During the photo intervention one or more elderly persons with dementia look at photographs. Principally, looking at the photographs is not necessarily about retrieving memories from the past but about using their imaginations.



Worldwide, 1 in 7 people suffer from dementia aged eighty and over, in the Netherlands there are currently 270,000. Due to the aging population and an increasing rise in life expectancy, one expects that half a million elderly people will have dementia in the Netherlands in 2040.


Art in Societies Foundation & Laurence Aëgerter

The Art in Societies Foundation aims to promote art projects with social relevance. She has given practical support to Laurence Aëgerter for Photographic Treatment © since 2015.

Laurence Aëgerter believes that art, in collaboration with other disciplines and fields of knowledge, can make a significant contribution to solving a social problem. On behalf of the Foundation Art in Societies, she developed the Photographic Treatment © project.

In recent years, Aëgerter, on behalf of the district of Amsterdam, the district of Leeuwarden and Museum het Dolhuys Haarlem contributed with art projects to society and healthcare. In developing these projects, Aëgerter has developed a deep fascination for both the power of image and the healing effect of art. Photographic Treatment © is the result of this fascination.

Committee of recommendation Photographic Treatment ©

  • Anneke van der Plaats, social geriatrician and founder of the ‘Breincollectief Nederland’;
  • Elsbeth de Ruijter, psychiatrist and chairman of the board GGZ in Geest;
  • Dr. Philip Scheltens, director of the Alzheimercentrum VUmc Amsterdam;
  • Tom van Gestel, art historian and expert in the field of art and healthcare (art in the public domain) artistic director of v/h SKOR, Foundation Art & the public domain;
  • Frans Hoogeveen, lector Geriatric psychiatry at The Hague University of Applied Sciences;
  • Dr. Dick Swaab, professor emeritus in neurobiology at the University of Amsterdam, study director at the Dutch Brain Institute

Photographic Treatment was made possible with the generous contribution of:

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