UPNA organizes a course on physical exercise and the prevention of frailty and falls in older people

On January 12, the UPNA held a course for medical professionals, nursing and physiotherapy. This course is part of the European project Vivifrail, whose main objective is to maintain, by prescribing exercise, a certain level of function in older people in order to allow them the greatest degree of autonomy as possible.

Vivifrail is part of the Strategy for the Promotion of Health and quality of life in the European Union and is coordinated by the professor of physical therapy at the UPNA Mikel Izquierdo. This course includes also the participation of
Leocadio Rodríguez-Mañas (Foundation for Biomedical Research at the Hospital of Getafe, España), Andreh Zeyfang (Ulm University, Alemania), Bruno Vellas (University Hosòtañ of Toulouse, Francia), Roberto Bernabei (del Sacro Cuore Catholic University, Italia) and Alan Sinclair ( Diabetes Frail organization, Reino Unido).

One of the main objectives of this course is to be able to recognize the fall as an early clinical sign of frailty (know their clinical features); be able to design an intervention tailored to the patient regarding frailty, and decrease the risk of falls as a means to prevent and/or to delay functional decline and to promote health in a population of 70; and develop a multicomponent exercise program for a frail older person.

As Mikel Izquierdo points out, regarding the population aging, "the real challenge is to maintain the level of autonomy and independence as you age. The health of older people should be measured in terms of function and not of disease, since it is the one that determines life expectancy, quality of life and the resources required by each population. "

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