> Timeline: Jan. 2016 – Dec. 2018
> Key Words: #frailty #prevention #ICT
Many health specialists often compare frailty to a popular game called Jenga. The aim is to pull out one block at a time from the tower until the structure is too fragile to remain standing. As we grow older, our body does not recover as quickly as before and each infection, fall or hospital admission can be represented by one missing block on the Jenga tower, weakening the whole structure until it eventually collapses. As each and everyone of us age differently, with different genes and lifestyles, detecting the point of no return becomes extremely difficult.
In order to better understand where this point lies and how to delay it, FrailSafe medical and technical partners have been working hard since January to select the technology that will help them collect relevant data and, in the future, detect some patterns that will help physicians, practitioners and carers prevent frailty through early intervention.
- Better understand frailty and its relation to other health conditions.
- Create “prevent-frailty” evidence-based recommendations for older persons.
- Predict short and long-term risk of frailty.
- Provide a digital patient model of frailty, sensitive to physiological, behavioural and contextual parameters.
A European partnership of nine partners from six countries who have decided to join forces to find solutions to delay the onset of frailty:
- University of Patras (Greece) Coordinator: http://www.upatras.gr
- Smartex (Italy): http://www.smartex.it
- Brainstorm Multimedia (Spain): http://www.brainstorm.es
- AGE Platform Europe (Belgium): http://www.age-platform.eu
- CERTH/ITI (Greece): http://www.iti.gr
- MATERIA group (Cyprus): http://www.materia.com.cy
- Gruppo SIGLA S.R.L. (Italy): http://www.grupposigla.it
- Hypertech S.A. (Greece): http://www.hypertech.gr
- University Hospital (CHU) of Nancy and INSERM (France): http://www.inserm.fr
AGE Platform Europe will take on tasks where the involvement of users is foreseen to support the designers and developers on the one hand side, and to bring older people on board on the other hand side. We will also be responsible for managing the dissemination activities to achieve greater visibility of the project outcomes through our networks of policy contacts and other stakeholders at the European level, as well as calling for the support of our members to help with dissemination at the national level.