Fall-In-Age consortium meets in Lisbon

11 December 2018

Erasmus+ project Kick-off meeting has been celebrated on Nov. 27th 2018


Universidade de Lisboa (UL) has been the host of the first meeting of the Fall-In-Age E+ project. Fall-In-Age - Innovative training for technology-based frailty and falls 

The meeting took place at the campus of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST-UL), which is the school of engineering of University of Lisbon (UL). The UL project team is complete with the participation of Faculdade de Motricidade Humana (FMH-UL), which is the school of human kinetics of UL.


Fall-In-Age started on Nov. 1st 2018. Its main objective is the development, validation and transfer of an online open access course focused on the latest advances in biomechanics and technology and especially aimed at updating the current practitioners’ needs in relation to a more objective evaluation of Frailty & Falls Management.

“Frailty can be defined as a clinical condition in which there is an increased risk of individual vulnerability to develop adverse events such as dependence, higher Risk of Falling, and/or mortality when there is exposure to stressors”, states José María Baydal, Project Director at IBV.

The evaluation of the risk of falling, especially in primary healthcare, can help to avoid risks generated by falls.

Fall-In-Age training will help to increase skills on frailty and falls management from the very first step that is the evaluation of the risk of falling. Nevertheless, the aim of the training is wider. It will explore the relationship between frailty and falls in older adults including risk factors and prevention. Additionally, biomechanical aspects related to functional deterioration and active aging and functional capability surveillance will be included in the on-line course.

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Miguel Tavares da Silva is the Project Coordinator: he is Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of IST and Researcher at Instituto de Engenharia Mecânica (IDMEC), where he coordinates the Thematic Line of Healthcare and Safety. He is also director of LBL and founder of the Biomechanics of Movement course at IST. “Collaboration with IBV will provide strong biomechanical basis to the course”, adds Silva. Ana Pipio, Maria Filomena Carnide, Edgar Mascarenhas, Ivo Roupa, Mónica Oliveira, Sérgio Gonçalves and Joana Salgueira complete the UL team involved in the project.

Within the long experience of IBV in the development of biomechanical products and services, the products based on kinetic analysis of reaction forces and body displacement to detect balance problems (posturography) and higher Risk of Falling of elderly are highlighted.

David Garrido, head of Innovation at IBV, together with IBV Innovation Manager Giuseppe Caprara, participated in the workshop on new technological applications for risk screening in primary healthcare, presenting the last IBV development, FALLSKIP. According to Garrido, this is “one of the most innovative and reliable biomechanical application to evaluate fall risk in older adults”. (www.fallskip.com)

Italian representative from the Istituto Nazionale di Riposo e Cura degli Anziani (INRCA) was Mirko De Rosa, while the European General Practice Research Network (EGPRN) was represented by Thomas Frese.

Additionally, Rui Gato from the National Portuguese Agency also took part in the meeting.

From now on, Fall-In-Age consortium will start an intense work on project Intellectual Outputs, which will end with the on-line course.

For more information, please visit project webpage: http://fallinage.tecnico.ulisboa.pt

(2018 Erasmus+ Grant agreement multi-beneficiary / Agreement number: 2018-1-PT01-KA203-047343)

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