Frailty syndrome is an age-associated syndrome, characterized by decreases in the functional reserve, strongly associated with sarcopenia that places older individuals at special risk for disability, hospitalization and death induced by falls.

Most of the studies demonstrating improvements in gait, balance and fall risk have used multicomponent exercise training as intervention in their subjects. However, the studies in which systematic resistance training was performed (either alone or as part of multicomponent exercise programs) revealed greater strength gains in the frail elderly subjects.

The absence of changes in the functional and strength outcomes that were measured in some of the investigations indicates that the exercise prescription must be carefully adapted to provide a sufficient stimulus for improving the functional capacity of frail subjects.
According to literature reviewed, and also our own studies, this Project focuses 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.

Taking this into account, we have set
the following specificl objectives:

  • To detect good practices and new experiences of work with older people, that have proven to be successfull in participant countries
  • To develop tele-based training programmes (TV-Channel, apps, Internet-based)
  • To promote transnational fora with Experts and sport technicians.
  • To design pilot experiences, through which Partners can implement the good practices detected during the study visits, in each country.
  • To develop innovative awareness material for elder people, that can be distributed in retired peoples clubs, health centres and public places. It would include leaflets, brochures, guides.
  • Design of training material for teachers about home assistance, that can be even included in the own Curricula of the educative center.
  • To experiment with "transage" educational interventions in school, by conecting young and old exercise together to combat overweight and frailty.

The plan for the project includes presential training or distance learning, and will target:

  • A.
    Home care assistants and professionals.
  • B.
    Monitors managing exercise programs of Local Authorities, Retirement Clubs and Associations.
  • C.
    Health staff from Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Care Centers.
  • D.
    Medical and non-medical staff of retirement homes.


Partners will work on new programmes and strategies that promote innovative synergies between the field of sport and health, focusing on frail and older people in each country.