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 by offering training services on improving an older adult’s physique, cognition and nutritional habits.
Within the PERSSILAA project, researchers and clinicians are working together on developing a service that aims to identify frailty and to train older adults that tend to become frail. This service consists of community-based services, and services offered via a website. People can be screened for frailty by completing a set of questionnaires on paper or via a website. If the questionnaire calls for it, older adults will then be asked to complete a couple of medical tests at a location in their neighbourhood (like the church or a local community centre). When we think that older adults can benefit from training services, they are offered to them via the website or at a location in their community. The PERSSILAA training services are focussed on training your physique, brain, and on learning about a proper diet for older adults.
The PERSSILAA service allows older adults to train their health and, this way, remain active and empowered in society. Next, as the service allows older adults to train their health together at a location in the neighbourhood, the service also counters loneliness among older adults. Seniors’ associations play a crucial role in the development and deployment of the service: They contribute to the service design and can help with the implementation of the service.
Do you want more information? Please watch the animation below, or contact the PERSSILAA team.