Frailty is a common occurrence among older adults. This means that, slowly, older adults become less healthy due to ageing. Becoming frail is not something that can be easily observed by the older adults themselves as it happens gradually. When a person is frail, he or she is at risk for disability, dementia, falls, hospitalisation, institutionalisation, or increased mortality. Frailty can be prevented, or even reversed, by early detection and offering training services on improving an older adult’s physique, cognition and nutritional habits.
Municipalities have the obligation to take care of the health of their citizens. The PERSSILAA service can help them in this endeavour by offering screening and training services. Close collaboration with community services and the use of innovative telemedicine technology ensure that frailty care demands little of the municipalities and General Practitioners themselves. Instead, volunteers and self-management programs allow older adults to work on their health themselves, thereby increasing their empowerment within today’s society. Furthermore, as the service stimulates making use of training services within an older adult’s neighbourhood, decreasing loneliness is a pleasant consequence of enrolling in the PERSSILAA service.
Ultimately, the implementation of the PERSSILAA service in a municipality can delay the negative health effects of ageing, thereby increasing the quality of life of older adults, and lowering the costs associated with care for older adults.
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