On the 8th of June 2017, the second Steering Committee (SC) meeting of the Joint Action ADVANTAGE was hosted in Edinburgh by NHS Lanarkshire, the third largest NHS health board in Scotland. On the 9th of June a Study visit to learn about models of care for older people in Scotland and to share lessons from the coordination of the JA on Dementia was organized.

The SC is the board responsible of supporting the Coordinator, and thus their feed-back is needed and welcome to improve the quality and richness of the JA. A total of 12 participants (representing the work packages (WP) leaders and co-leaders) and 2 secretaries attended. Participants were actively involved in reporting progress on the JA activities. The work done towards the State of Art document was discussed. The drafts will be reviewed by the Expert Panel (EP) and discussed during the meeting in Mao on 25-26 September.

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Newsletter: Healthy Ageing and Frailty - DG Health and Food Safety, Public health

Prof. Leocadio Rodríguez Mañas, ADVANTAGE Joint Action Coordinator, Head of Geriatrics, University Hospital of Getafe  shares his views on the new EU-supported Joint Action and how it will address issues of healthy ageing and frailty.

How will European citizens benefit from the results of the joint actions? 

Among the health issues that European citizens are concerned about are disabilities that are associated with ageing. This concern has motivated the European Commission and other European institutions, such as the Council of Europe, and many of the Member States to address it.

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On the 19th and 20th of January 2017, the Joint Action ADVANTAGE initiative celebrated its kick-off meeting in Madrid.
A total of 64 participants representing the 22 Member States and over 40 organizations that form the Consortium attended, as well as invitees from several EU funded projects and representatives from the European Commission (DG SANTE and CHAFEA).
Mr. Martin Seychell, Deputy-Director General, DG SANTE and Mrs. Elena Andradas Director General for Public Health, Quality and Innovation Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality addressed the audience in the official opening session. They both stressed the importance of the demographic change in our society and how this joint work is key to tackle frailty at European level, the main condition associated to disability in older people.

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