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On the 20th of November 2018 the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) organised in Helsinki, Finland their National Stakeholder meeting to report Advantage project’s current situation and to present and to spread the results and other information of the project.

In particular, the situation of work packages and tasks, results of MS Survey, Madrid Forum and the Frailty Prevention Approach document were presented, and presentation of Advantage communication channels (web pages, Facebook, twitter etc.).

It was also an opportunity to link with other Finnish research projects concerning prevention of frailty and promotion of functional capacity, such as the EU project SPRINTT - Sarcopenia and physical frailty in older people: multicomponent treatment strategies (for further information please click here) and the FINGER (Prevent Cognitive Impairment and Disability) research project, and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Government Key project ‘’Improved home care for older persons and enhanced informal care in all age groups’’ (I&O -program) and data collection.

The stakeholders network: roles of stakeholders, support to the project, expanding the network, motivation and engagement of other networks, such as the TOIMIA network of experts and Functioning Measures Database were also discussed, and how to use and share results with each other and spread information.

Main conclusions and results:

1. Participants considered the ADVANTAGE JA has gone well and has done a lot. They gave feedback about MS Survey. They considered that the survey was very challenging and it took a lot of time to fill it. On the other hand, they though that the survey was important and it gave a lot of information. They felt that the Madrid Forum sounded interesting but the travel cost was quite expensive to be able to participate. They also considered the Frailty Prevention Approach document as very useful.

2. Participants presented their own projects and their results. There was a discussion and reflection on how cooperation between different projects could be organised and what kind of networks is needed to spread information. We decided to continue this kind of discussion and cooperation.

3. Participants were active and discussion was lively. Participants said that the ADVANTAGE JA is very important and its content is really topical. They want to be involved in the JA and they promised to spread information in their own networks. The Advantage communication channels were presented and participants were encouraged to read ADVANTAGE JA web pages and to produce information to the web page.

4. Participants wanted to know what the ADVANTAGE JA time table is and what happens next.

5. Participants were very satisfied with the meeting and information they received. They want to be informed via e-mail every time when something new and significant happens in the JA.

6. THL promised to organise next meeting in the spring 2019.