Newsletter: Healthy Ageing and Frailty - DG Health and Food Safety, Public health

Prof. Leocadio Rodríguez Mañas, ADVANTAGE Joint Action Coordinator, Head of Geriatrics, University Hospital of Getafe  shares his views on the new EU-supported Joint Action and how it will address issues of healthy ageing and frailty.

How will European citizens benefit from the results of the joint actions? 

Among the health issues that European citizens are concerned about are disabilities that are associated with ageing. This concern has motivated the European Commission and other European institutions, such as the Council of Europe, and many of the Member States to address it.

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On the 19th and 20th of January 2017, the Joint Action ADVANTAGE initiative celebrated its kick-off meeting in Madrid.
A total of 64 participants representing the 22 Member States and over 40 organizations that form the Consortium attended, as well as invitees from several EU funded projects and representatives from the European Commission (DG SANTE and CHAFEA).
Mr. Martin Seychell, Deputy-Director General, DG SANTE and Mrs. Elena Andradas Director General for Public Health, Quality and Innovation Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality addressed the audience in the official opening session. They both stressed the importance of the demographic change in our society and how this joint work is key to tackle frailty at European level, the main condition associated to disability in older people.

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Sandra Degelsegger from AGE Platform Europe describes the EU FrailSafe Project, launched in 2016, as an ongoing, longitudinal study, which explores an innovative solution to detect, quantify, manage and prevent frailty.
Starting from clinical and technical data sources and real-time processing of that data via an online platform, EU FrailSafe offers individualized feedback to the patient. In EU FrailSafe, an Frailsafeindividualized, integrated Virtual Patient Model (VPM) is created. A wide range of clinical data, such as the patient’s medical history, cognitive status, self-care ability, nutritional status, living conditions, social life, and other parameters, are entered by the clinician. Then, using technological instruments, such as wearable technology, smartphones, GPS and other devices, the VPM is actively fed with physiological data, such as patient’s body weight, blood pressure, heart and respiratory rate, postural and movement information, indoors and outdoors localization and cognitive performance. Sandra explains that EU FrailSafe promotes an integrated system to empirically assess and manage frailty and provide real-time targeted suggestions to the individuals, their caregivers and healthcare professionals. The goal of the system is the multimodal approach of frailty to better understand and describe the syndrome, explore its causal relations with other comorbidities and define the predictive factors which lead to the progression of the disease.
Read more about FrailSafe research project at the following link: