A number of events, organised by participant organisations of the ADVANTAGE Joint Action (JA) took place in different MSs in June to present the JA to Stakeholder groups and establish potential ways of cooperation with them. Health and Social local, regional and national authorities, as well as NGOs and Institutions representing older citizens attended the meetings.
The main topics addressed were:
- presentation of ADVANTAGE and the potential role of stakeholders;
- frailty and its consequences at individual and population level;
- current examples of frailty related activities;
- Time for debate was allocated after each section and at the end of the meetings.
Attendance and participation was high, with attendees coming from different areas of the regions and the events met the expectations of the audience. Stakeholders showed great interest in the JA activities and aims and most of the attendees are willing to collaborate by disseminating ADVANTAGE JA results, adopting future recommendations stemming from it and participating in future Stakeholder meetings. The feedback and the suggestions made will help each MS, as well as the JA as a whole to improve future work of the JA and aspects related to the stakeholders´ role in ADVANTAGE to foster closer collaboration.
The conference "Prevention of frailty, a challenge for the welfare system" took place in Madrid, at the headquarters of Imserso (Institute of older people and social services) on the 15th of June 2017. The aim of this event was to present ADVANTAGE Joint Action (JA) to Spanish stakeholder groups and establish potential ways of cooperation between them. The programme run from 9.30am to 2.30pm. Health regional and national authorities opened and closed the meeting. Main topics addressed were frailty and its consequences at individual and population level; presentation of ADVANTAGE and the potential role of stakeholders and current examples of frailty related activities undertaken by NGOs. Time for debate was allocated after each section. The result was an interesting program which met the expectations of the audience. Attendance and participation was high, with attendees coming from different autonomous regions.
The organisers believe the conference was a great success. The goals of creating awareness on frailty and presenting ADVANTAGE JA were thoroughly achieved since the audience was a comprehensive one and linked to frailty. Regarding future collaboration the response was very positive as most of the attendees are willing to collaborate by disseminating ADVANTAGE JA results, adopting our future recommendations and participating in similar events. The answers to the evaluation questionnaire, the interaction during the sessions and the suggestions made will all help us to improve the organization of future events and to fine tune a number of aspects related to the stakeholders´ role in ADVANTAGE in order to set up a closer collaboration. We strongly belief we will be able to achieve better results counting on their experience.
The main purpose of the stakeholder meeting organized in Cluj-Napoca at the Public Health Authority in Cluj County, on 29 June 2017, by Babes-Bolyai University was to disseminate the ADVANTAGE Joint Action at local level. The presentation was structured in 4 main parts: 1) situation at European level regarding frailty and definition of frailty; 2) technical information about the ADVANTAGE Joint Action; 3) objectives and target groups; 4) expected results and outcomes.
Participation was active and a number of suggestions have been received from the participants, during the discussion session, which will be very useful for future JA activities and to improve collaboration with stakeholders. For example, it was suggested to involve medical residents and young community in discussions and debates on the subject of frailly - to create a better understanding about the subject and to teach young population about the changes that are going to happen later in life. Teaching the young generation on measures to prevent and delay the frailty state in their life, will make the next generation of older people less susceptible of developing nowadays common aging related chronic diseases. Another suggestion was to create specific instruments tailored to the target groups of stakeholders containing the practical steps they need to follow in order to take action in the field of frailty in order to make the difference when it comes to daily practice. All in all the meeting was successful and the goals of creating awareness on frailty and presenting ADVANTAGE JA were thoroughly achieved.
The Italian Minister of Health was contacted in previous occasions and a formal meeting with the Health Ministry Secretariat took place on the 15th of June 2017. The Ministry of health showed great interest about the ADVANTAGE Joint Action (JA) activities and aims. It is willing to collaborate by disseminating ADVANTAGE JA results, in particular with a dedicated section on the Ministry website. It is willing to adopt future recommendations stemming from the JA and participate in future Stakeholder meetings.
The 1st regional Stakeholder meeting organised by Regione Marche-ARS and INRCA took place in Ancona, at the headquarters of Marche Region on the 27th of June 2017. The aim of this event was to present JA to Italian local and regional stakeholders in order to establish potential ways of cooperation with them. The event was attended by Health and Social local and regional authorities, as well as NGOs and Institutions representing older citizens. Attendance and participation was high, with attendees coming from different areas of the regions and the events met the expectations of the audience. Stakeholders showed great interest in the JA activities and aims and most of the attendees are willing to collaborate by disseminating ADVANTAGE JA results, adopting future recommendations stemming from it and participating in future Stakeholder meetings. The feedback and the suggestions made will help the Marche Region, as well as the JA as a whole, to improve future work of the JA and aspects related to the stakeholders´ role in ADVANTAGE to foster closer collaboration. In particular, among other relevant suggestions, it was highlighted the need to pay great attention to the social aspect of frailty, and to frailty related to the territory and unforeseen events. This last aspect is particular relevant for the Marche Region due to the catastrophic events that took place last year.
On the 5th of July 2017 the ADVANTAGE JA was presented and discussed at the Health Committee of the State-Regions National Commission, the body where the political negotiations in the field of health between the national government and the regional autonomy system takes place. Among its many activities, it promotes the national and regional programming coordination, including the healthcare programming, thus endorsing National Guidelines or Mandatory Documents for Regional Health Systems.
ADVANTAGE JA was also presented at local events by the Marche region Affiliated entities, for example at the continuous education course for healthcare professionals “Pro…Muoviamoci” about physical activity in the ageing population, which took place in Piemonte on the 10th of July. Advantage’s main objectives and information have been illustrated.
All the meetings were successful and the goals of creating awareness on frailty and presenting ADVANTAGE JA were thoroughly achieved.
An ADVANTAGE-JA National Workshop has been held in Rome (Italy) on the 15th of December 2017 in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and the Health Commission of the Italian Committee of the Regions. The meeting was chaired by Mr Giovanni Nicoletti of the Health Planning department of the Ministry of Health and Mr. Luca Ceriscioli, President of the Marche Region. It was attended by high profile experts of the Ministry of Health, of the Italian Regions, the Universities, AGENAS and the Health Care Providers. For more information on the Italian event, please click here
ADVANTAGE JA was presented by the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) to the Public Health Directorate of the Ministry of Health (MoH) in Slovenia on the 30th of March 2017. NIJZ presented the concept of frailty and focused on the ADVANTAGE JA activities and aims. The whole application process as well as kick-off meeting and WP6 meeting (held in Athens) were presented with an emphasis of JA timeline and WP6 deliverables, in which NIJZ acts like a WP leader. Further on, the discussion focused on the potential for cooperation between NIJZ and the MoH and, at the end, the support for implementation of JA outputs was agreed.
Recently, the conference "Managing Frailty Today for Tomorrow" was held at Brdo pri Kranju in Slovenia on November 22nd 2017. The conference has been jointly organised by NIJZ, the Slovenian MoH, and the World Health Organization. The event presented initial findings and results from ADVANTAGE. Today, the MoH in Slovenia is following with high attention the progresses made by the JA
You can find the News for the event here
Ireland, led by the HSE social care division, had its first JA stakeholder meeting on the 21st of June 2017 in Dublin as a parallel session part of a wider event, the Integrated Care (Older People, ICPOP/NCPOP). Key stakeholders were in attendance and a Pioneer Sites Networking Forum took place.
The organization of the meetings was possible thanks to the collaboration of the Irish Frailty sub-group, which operates as an advisory committee to the Clinical Advisory Group (CAG) of the National Clinical Programme for Older People (NCPOP). The group was set up in December 2016 and is co-chaired by Dr. Ronan O’Caoimh and Dr. Marie-Therese Cooney, interfacing with Emergency Medicine and Acute Medicine physicians. The three main events arranged to disseminate the JA were the Integrated Care (Older People, ICPOP/NCPOP) Pioneer Sites Networking Forum in June 21st 2017; the Stakeholder debriefing session hosted by the National Clinical Programme for Older Peoples Integrated Care Programme on June 1st (over 120 people attended); and the TILDA (The Irish Longitudinal Study on Aging) Training Day February 2017.
Scotland, led by the NHS Lanarkshire, the third largest NHS health board in Scotland, has had a series of virtual meetings and exchanges of information by email and phone with JA local, regional and national stakeholders since March. Key stakeholders showed great interest in the ADVANTAGE JA activities and aims.
Greece has concluded the first part of the virtual meeting for ADVANTAGE. More than a 100 local, Regional and national Stakeholders stakeholders have been informed via email with a letter outlining the main activities and aims of the Joint Action. It was a team effort between the two Greek partners: UPAT and EPSEP. For more information on the event held in Greece click here
Meeting at Ancient Olympia
A round table titled "Frailty as a new clinical entity - from theory to practice " was organized by the University of Patras during the 7th Panhellenic Conference of Health Care Professionals for Long-Term Care Patients.
The round table was organized in collaboration with the Hellenic Association of Graduates of the Postgraduate Studies Program "Primary Health Care", as well as with the Region of Western Greece.
The Department of Medicine of the University of Thessaly and the Department of Nursing of the Technological Educational Institute of Larissa were the sponsors - organizers of the Congress.
In addition, an electronic poster and e-mail program were disseminated to all care homes for third-age staff under the responsibility of the Municipalities and Regions of the country. These organizations were also informed and invited to attend the “Round Table Patient Associations”. A satisfactory number of associations joined the initiative, including the representative of the Patras Mental Health Association, the President of the Hellenic Association for the Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis, the representative of the National Confederation of Disabled People, the President of the Paraplegic Ilia Association, Municipalities of the wider region, representatives of the scientific bodies of Primary Care Doctors, Nurses and Social Workers, Professors of Medicine from various universities in the country (Athens, Patras, Ioannina, Crete, Nicosia As Cyprus, Greek Open University) etc..
A meeting at Athens was arrange with the ministry of Health, both for dissemination purposes and for organizing the national ADVANTAGE survey among stakeholders.
In Austria the 1st National Meeting has been oorganized in cooperation with the Ministry of Health. It will take place on 1st of December 2017 in Vienna. The conference was opened by the Federal Minister of Health and Women's Affairs and the rector of the Medical University of Graz. The program was enriched by top-class lecturers who looked at frailty from different perspectives. The guest speaker from Germany (Ulrike Junius-Walker MD) presented results from WP04 addressing the conceptualization of frailty. Finally, an overview on results from the WPs 05-08 was presented. To wrap up the morning session, an Austrian best practice model on frailty prevention and frailty management was presented (http://www.jamda.com/article/S1525-8610%2816%2930112-8/abstract). The presentations were given by partners involved into ADVANTAGE and Stakeholders from the Federal Ministry of Health and Women's Affairs.
In the second part of the meeting participants had the opportunity to contribute their experiences and ideas about frailty in an open market place format. Discussions on four different topics led to a number of possible solutions to tackle frailty in Austria. The discussions were very lively and fruitful and ideas and comments were collected and transcribed for further evaluation by the ministry of health and the Austrian JA partners.
The conference was a big success. The goal of creating awareness on the topic of frailty and presenting ADVANTAGE was achieved. About 80 national stakeholders took part and showed great interest in the presented topics and the activities of ADVANTAGE
For further information click here
A stakeholder workshop was held in NCPHA, Sofia, Bulgaria on November 10, 2017. The meeting was attended by NCPHA experts on the issues of NCD's, experts from Ministry of Health and representatives from the 28 Regional Health Inspections in the country.
The complete News on the event can be found here
On the 28.11.2017, a member of the Croatian Advantage-JA Team, dr. Benjak, had three meeting with high level stakeholders in the area of frailty. The main purposes was to present Advantage, especially focusing on the work package 4 where the Croatian team is active partner. All colleagues support this project and will provide support in the dissemination of its results according to their area of competence.
The three experts were Dunja Skoko Poljak, MD, public health specialist, Head of Sector for Public Health in Ministry of Health; Zvjezdana Bogdanović, prof. rehab., Head of the Department for Social Services Development, Foster Care and Humanitarian Aid in Ministry for Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy; Prof. Spomenka Tomek Roksandić, MD, Head of Reference Center for Healthcare of the Elderly of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Croatia.
14 participants attended the meeting which was chaired by Advantage delegate Teija Hammar. The main purpose of the stakeholders meeting was to inform about the project, its objectives and tasks, and to update stakeholders on its progresses. In addition, the purpose of the meeting was to officially set up a national expert network and to discuss how stakeholders can support the project.
The main themes were:
Advantage project presentation: background and goals, work packages and tasks, presentation of Advantage web pages, role of THL
The formal establishment of the stakeholders network: roles of stakeholders, support to the project, expanding the network, motivation and engagement, wishes to THL and to the project
Main conclusions and results:
Participants considered Advantage project to be very important and its content really topical. They want to be involved in the project and they promised to spread information in their own networks. They suggested that we should take a representative from an educational institution to a network.
Participants were active and they asked questions among others: what are stakeholders’ tasks and roles, how they can relay information forward, what the time-table is and what happens next.
Participants thought that an upcoming survey is very challenging and filling it takes a lot of time. They had some suggestions to whom the survey should be sent.
Participants were very satisfied in a meeting and information they received. They like to have face-to-face meeting couple of times a year and they want to be informed via e-mail every time when something new and significant happen in the project.
A meeting was organized at the end of November 2017 by the Ministry of Health in France. Key stakeholders showed great interest in the ADVANTAGE JA activities and aims.
Hungary is working in the WP 6 as leader of physical activity task. The meeting was held at the Seniors Council's Physical activity working group. Participants to the meeting included: 1. Dr Attila Beneda Deputy State Secretary for Family and Demographic Policy; 2. Sarolta Monspart Member of the Seniors Council; 3. Dr. Tamás Révai Medical Care Service of District Zugló, Chief of Medicine; 4. Prof. Dr. Béla Székács, President of Hungarian Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics; 5. Györgyi Némethné Jankovics, President of The Union of The Hungarian Olda ged Pensioners Associations; 6. Dr Sándor nagy Member of The Union of The Hungarian Oldaged Pensioners Associations; 7. László Tamás Toldi, Local Government & Municipality of District 11 of Budapest, Újbuda, official in charge of ageing and project manager of programme of Újbuda 60+; 8. Imréné Kusovszky, Member of Seniors Council; 9. Tibor Száz, State Secretariat fof Sport; 10. Péterné Sántha, Deputy Mayor of District 8 of Budapest, Józsefváros; 11. Péter Csizmadia, Ministry of Human Capacities.
The task, to which the Hungarian partner of Advantage is engaged the most, aims to prevent frailty through the increase of physical activity rates. For this task, the participants to the meeting decided to establish a network of walking clubs all over the country for elderly people to contribute the prevention of frailty.
A conference on the Joint Action on Frailty was arranged at St.Julian’s. Over 80 participants representing a wide range of stakeholders in the area of frailty from the Maltese context attended and showed great interest in the ADVANTAGE JA aims and activities. They represent a wide range of stakeholders in the area of frailty from the Maltese context
The Directorate-General for Health presented the Joint-Action ADVANTAGE on Friday, 17 November, within the framework of the meeting of the consortium of the International Center on Aging (CENIE). The JA-ADVANTAGE aims to develop the concept of frailty in order to establish consensus in member states and to define strategies for reducing disability and dependence were discussed. See the link to the event at https://www.dgs.pt/em-destaque/joint-action-advantage.aspx
On January 29th, the Dutch team of ADVANTAGE JA from the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) met the Ageing Better group (BeterOud in Dutch). For further information on the event, please click here.