The second meeting of the partners of the Vivifrail project, which is aimed at preventing falls and frailty in the elderly population, was held at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore [Catholic University of the Sacred Heart] in Rome from October 26th to 28th. The workshop revealed the work of the local Italian partner as well as a review of the project status.
During the past three days, the Centro di Medicina dell'Invecchiamento (CeMI) [Centre of Medicine for the Ageing] of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore [Catholic University of the Sacred Heart] has been the headquarters of Vivifrail. The European project, which is coordinated by the Universidad Pública de Navarra (UPNA) [Public University of Navarre], in association with the Hôpitaux de Toulouse [Hospitals of Toulouse], Diabetes Frail, Agaplesion Bethesda Krankenhaus [Agaplesion Bethesda Hospital], the Community of Madrid, and the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, aims to promote a programme of physical exercise among people older than 70 years for the prevention of falls and fragility.
Prof. Roberto Bernabei of the CeMI was commissioned to welcome the project partners, after which there was a working day spent with hospital doctors F. Landi, G. Onder, E. Marzetti, F. Caretta, and Prof. Bernabei himself. The meeting allowed an in-depth visit to the Centro di Medicina dell'Invecchiamento, as well as learning its working methods and techniques, for extrapolation to the rest of the partners and the training of other specialists in physical exercise and older people. In addition, each partner related their project status and planning, including identifying best practices, sharing experiences, the creation and dissemination of educational materials, and specific professional training.
The principal advances of the Vivifrail project have been the design of the training and education programme for prescribing physical exercise for each of the countries, approving the design of the physical exercise program, and creating informative material, brochures, and posters, which will be distributed at different points in the participating countries. Moreover, the general structure of the mobile application that facilitates screening and prescribing physical exercise programmes for the fragile adult population at risk of falls was defined.
Among the more than 25 attendees at the meeting, Prof. Mikel Izquierdo and Dr. Roberto Aguado from the Public University of Navarra, Dr.Nicolás Martínez Velilla from the Hospital of Navarra, Prof. Alan Sinclair from Diabetes Frail Ltd., Prof Antonio Sgadari from University of Sacro Cuore, Dr. Andrej Zeyfang from the Hospital Agaplesion Bethesda, Dr. Philipe Barretto and Dr. Mateo Cesari from the Hospital of Toulose and Prof. Leocadio Rodríguez Mañas and Dra. Cristina Alonso Bouzan, from the Hospital of Getafe were associated with Vivifrail project partners.
Vivifrail seeks to promote a physical exercise programme that combines strength training, balance, and gait for the prevention of falls and fragility in people over 70 years old.
The project has a duration of two years, and it involves Mikel Izquierdo (UPNA, España), Leocadio Rodríguez-Mañas (Fundación para la Investigación Biomédica del Hospital de Getafe, España), Andrej Zeyfang (Universidad de Ulm, Alemania), Bruno Vellas (Universitary hospital of Toulouse, Francia), Roberto Bernabei (Universidad Católica del Sacro Cuore, Italia) y Alan Sinclair (Diabetes Frail, Ltd, UK). researchers.
The project is part of the Strategy for the Promotion of Health and Quality of Life in the European Union, and it is one of the 18 selected projects from the more than 400 that responded to the European call for proposals. Its coordinator is Mikel Izquierdo, Full Professor at the Public University of Navarra, Spain