Many elderly people are frail. This means that, slowly, they become less healthy and fit than they used to be. For example, they might get a little trouble with keeping their balance, they may get some memory problems, or maybe they will have to pay extra attention to what they eat. This frailty can have negative consequences. A frail person is more likely to fall or runs a higher chance of getting dementia. Fortunately, frailty can be prevented if we act on time and if older persons actively work on their health. For example, by doing exercises.
Within the PERSSILAA project, researchers and clinicians are working together on developing a service that helps us 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 can benefit from these 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.
Interested? The video below shows more information about the screening and training in PERSSILAA. If you want to, you can also access a demo version of the PERSSILAA website to take a look at the screening and training services.