Ageing / Projects

3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Reference Sites Network for Prevention and Care of Frailty and Chronic Conditions in community dwelling persons of EU Countries [SUNFRAIL]
General Objective The proposal is promoted by a network of EIP-AHA Italian Reference Sites with the intent to validate and standardize approaches on frailty and multimorbidity by building on the instr...
General Objective The proposal is promoted by a network of EIP-AHA Italian Reference Sites with the intent to validate and standardize approaches on frailty and multimorbidity by building on the instruments developed with the European Commission Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing. Key-partners of the project are mainly EIP-AHA Reference Sites (and AG Coordinators: A1, A3, B3), representing countries from the northern, southern and eastern part of Europe. Methods and Means Proposed actions will support the development, validation and experimentation of a model to improve the detection, prevention and care of frailty and management of multimorbidity in EU countries, providing partners with different approaches to care from which to adopt/adapt their own systems/services. The model will be experimented in selected RS. It will support the development of innovative tools for the prediction of frailty and multimorbidity by level of care, focussing on community based prevention and avoidable hospitalization. It will offer the EC and the MS with instruments for the potential replication of the model/good practices through the EIP-AHA initiative. The involvement of European networks (EUREGHA), and of the International Scientific Research Networks in the field of frailty and disability (IAGG-GARN), will grant necessary scientific support and advocacy for a real EU and international value.Project’s Main Outcomes• A shared model of references on frailty and multimorbidity.• A tool kit for the prediction of frailty and multimorbidity by level of care: Primary care: easy to use tool to assess risks of frailty through the physical function (slow gait speed, others); tools to support the design of information systems and care pathways for the management of chronic diseases. Secondary-tertiary level: identification of methods and instruments to predict multimorbidity. Other tools: instruments for professional’s skills improvement and analysis of costs.
Start date: 01/05/2015 - End date: 28/02/2018

Call: Call for Proposals for Projects 2014
Topic: Ageing
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
FRAILTOOLS: A comprehensive validation of tools to screen and diagnose frailty in different clinical and social settings to provide instruments for integrated care in older adults [FRAILTOOLS]
There is a proved strong evidence of the usefulness of frailty as a predictive factor of relevant undesired outcomes in populations of older adults. Several studies have been published showing the uti...
There is a proved strong evidence of the usefulness of frailty as a predictive factor of relevant undesired outcomes in populations of older adults. Several studies have been published showing the utility of the concept in improving the prognostic accuracy and the prediction of different risks (hospitalization, surgical and non-surgical complications, length of stay, death, incident disability, etc) in emergency departments, cardiac surgery, surgical patients and in patients with cardiovascular disease. These studies have placed the focus in assessing population risk, while the validation process for these instruments as diagnostic or screening tools has been usually neglected.FRAILTOOLS aims to assess the usefulness as screening and diagnosis tools of some selected instruments to detect frailty in both clinical (Hospital and Primary Care) and social (nursing homes) settings, providing diagnostic algorithms clinically sound. Target groups are all of those older adults at risk for frailty (pre-frail) plus those that are frail and are at risk for developing disability. According to the published prevalence of these two conditions, the target population concerned by this project represent around 40-50% of older people older than 65 and 60-70% of people older than 75. Once determined the best tools of screening and diagnosis in different settings of care, we will reach conclusions for this people wherever the level of care they need and currently use. The benefit will expand to the Health Systems and Social Care as it will provide validated instruments that are necessary to provide an appropriate care for older adults by means of a comprehensive, continued, coordinated and integrated care.FRAILTOOLS consortium involves 6 of the most renowned partners in research on ageing and frailty from Spain, UK, Italy, France and Poland, plus the support of a number of highly relevant collaborating stakeholders fully committed with the project.
Start date: 01/05/2015 - End date: 31/12/2018

Call: Call for Proposals for Projects 2014
Topic: Ageing
Second Programme of Community action in the Field of Health 2008-2013
"Healthy and Active Ageing: Our challenge" [HealthAge]
Objectives: the three main objectives of the conference, along with the pillars of the 2nd Health Programme are the following:

1. Explore the conditions and capitalise on existing experiences (policy...
Objectives: the three main objectives of the conference, along with the pillars of the 2nd Health Programme are the following:

1. Explore the conditions and capitalise on existing experiences (policy, legal, technological, financial and organisational) necessary for high-quality and safe healthcare for an ageing population. The conference will present and discuss innovative models enabling healthy and active ageing through improved access to care and social support structures. The purpose of the conference is to connect scientific know how with models of practical implementation introducing innovative holistic approaches bringing together users, knowledge institutes, the private sector and public authorities in a structured way. Healthcare policies in Ageing rely on innovative healthcare models, which are both cost-efficient and user adapted. Eindhoven as a likely EIP AHA reference site (one of five selected), has ample experience with such implementation models.

2. Discuss approaches to increase the participation of an ageing population in socio-economic activities, comprising supporting policy framework with public-private partnership constellations. Holistic models will be discussed to support preventive measures which increase the healthy life years will be presented and discussed. One of the problems faced at the moment is user acceptance and user friendliness of policies and applications and products. Through Co Creation models and concepts a more demand driven approach can be organised bringing together all relevant stakeholders from the very beginning of processes through so called testing activities in Living Labs

3. Identify and disseminate best practices, information and knowledge on health issues including models supporting innovative and safe health care for elderly and social inclusion initiatives. Also to strengthen various clusters and networks, also linking in with the dissemination activities under various EU cooperation projects. One of the reference projects will be the NWE Health Cluster on Ageing but also the RECAP project which is a very good example of a regional integrated Care Portal being set up.

In the conference the following themes will be highlighted:
o Implementation / organization perspective: highlighting best practice and innovative approaches and models in the organization, planning, management and evaluation, e.g. the shared services concept where different players in care, cure and wellbeing institutions as well as municipalities work together
o Policy, regulatory and governance perspective: framework and models supporting healthy and active ageing, including public-private-partnership models and healthcare policies
o Safety perspective: Health care data systems (e.g. patient files)
o Financial perspective: financing services, including the recourse to volunteering schemes with non-paid care services from family members or other volunteers and increasing the economic and volunteering activities of an ageing population
o Patients’ perspective: adapting healthcare to patients’ needs, e.g. programmes, regimes and approaches to stimulate physical exercises, a healthy diet, safe home environment, social interaction to improve the physical and mental well-being

Start date: 01/06/2014 - End date: 01/06/2015

Call: Generate And Disseminate Health Information And Knowledge (Hi-2013)
Topic: Ageing
First Programme of Community action in the field of public health (2003-2008)
European Network for Safety among Elderly [EUNESE]
The main aim of this proposal was to build a European network that ensured harmonisation of core activities pertaining to injury control and safety promotion among elderly. Criteria for the identifica...
The main aim of this proposal was to build a European network that ensured harmonisation of core activities pertaining to injury control and safety promotion among elderly. Criteria for the identification of participants were set by all partners and subsequently experts in injury prevention, geriatric health, consumer protection community support and advocacy groups were designated to actively participate in the project. Attention were paid to recruit even representation from the enlarged Europe countries and collaborate with organisations with known visibility and prestige.
Start date: 01/07/2004 - End date: 01/07/2007
Call: Health Determinants (Hd 2003)
Topic: Ageing
First Programme of Community action in the field of public health (2003-2008)
Healthy Ageing [HA]

1. To review and analyse existing data on health and older people at EU and member state level and produce a report in liaison with EU and national information system organisations.
2. To make rec...

1. To review and analyse existing data on health and older people at EU and member state level and produce a report in liaison with EU and national information system organisations.
2. To make recommendations for a policy at EU and member state level based on current evidence and practice for promoting the health of older people, taking into account cultural differences
3. To disseminate the findings by developing a comprehensive strategy
To achieve the above aims, the following objectives would need to be met:
- Collect and review data and current practices and policies for older people`s health across EU member states, accession states and members of European economic area (horizontal approach) and produce a report
- Establish sustainable partnerships at EU and individual Member State level and engage with professionals, public and policy makers at EU and Member State level in this process
- Build sustainable healthy ageing working partnerships. Partnerships including policy makers, practitioners, older people, and Non-governmental organisations (NGOs). International organisations include WHO.
- Raise awareness of an integrated approach of ageing and health, with the emphasis on health promotion in the later life stages (50plus years), to the population in general, older people, practitioners and policy makers
- Develop a strategic approach to communicating, implementing and disseminating the findings and recommendations of the report, taking into account local cultural, organisational circumstances.
Start date: 01/08/2004 - End date: 01/08/2007
Call: Health Determinants (Hd 2003)
Topic: Ageing