VIVIFRAIL was a project co-funded by the EC through the Erasmus plus programme. It run from 2015 to 2017 and was led by the Department of Health Sciences of the Public University of Navarra (Spain). The rest of participant organizations were the Biomedical Resarch foundation of the University Hospital of Getafe (Spaind), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Rome (Italy), the University of Ulm (Germany), the University Hospital of Toulouse (France) y the Diabetes Frail organization from United Kingdom.
This project focused on the enhancement of knowledge development, and implementation of good practices, as well as the design of materials that can give to know the physical exercise prescription as a way to effectively improve health on elder people among their environment. VIVIFRAIL project proposed the promotion and prescription of a multicomponent exercise program, creating synergies among the field of sport and the health and social care services with the aim of maintaining a level of functionality that kept the highest degree of autonomy possible in each case.
VIVFRAIL carried out the following actions:
Create a protocol for health, sport, education and social care services professionals, helping them to detect physical frailty and risk of falls.
Develop a consensus program of basic multicomponent exercises on traditional formats, but also electronically so that they can develop the exercise programme alone.
Create, evaluate and implement exercise protocols to be performed with the patient hospitalized.
Train and update health and social care services´staff to assist the elderly boosting physical exercise practices, and help them carrying them out.
Promote and recommend changes in lifestyle associated with physical exercise for frail patients at risk of functional decline.
All these actions and the obtained results can support the ADVANTAGE JA´s stakeholders (health professionals, informal carers and old people) to raise awareness of the need to address the detection, prevention and management of frailty. More information http://www.vivifrail.com/project