Detection, Support and Care for Older People: Prevention and Empowerment

Project leader: Prof. Jos Schols
Researchers: Anne van der Vorst, Prof. Ruud Kempen. Dr Rixt Zijlstra (Maastricht University), Dr Nico de Witte (Vrije Universiteit Brussel/Hogeschool Gent - Belgium)
Period: 2015–2019

This project is part of a larger international Belgian-Dutch collaborative project between the Free University of Brussels, the University of Antwerp, the University of Leuven, Maastricht University and Hogeschool Gent and is funded by the ‘Innovatie door Wetenschap en Technologie’ (IWT-SBO) in Belgium. The general objective of the full project is to develop opportunities for older people to live as long as possible in their own environment. The overall research team consists of 12 professors and 7 PhD candidates supported by a research and a valorisation coordinator.

The PhD project part at CAPHRI focusses on the development of a model and an assessment method for frailty balance in old age. The basic conceptual idea is that frailty cannot only be considered as just an individual attribute of losses, but as a balance between losses and psychosocial and environmental resources. The CAPHRI subproject consists at least of the following parts: a review of the literature of risk and protective factors of functional decline and the development and validation of a frailty balance model and related comprehensive but feasible assessment instrument.