Stopping frailty in its tracks

Flinders University researchers are developing several videos in the area of frailty and healthy ageing; an initiative led by Dr Mandy Archibald in response to the need for contemporary, evidence-based resources.

Created by co-design with consumers, academics and clinicians, the University of Adelaide, Torrens University and Flinders have been involved with the project through the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Frailty and Healthy Ageing. Based in Adelaide, this centre brings together a transdisciplinary team that conducts world leading research to improve the health outcomes and well-being of older people around the globe.

The first video will be officially launched during the Frailty and Healthy Ageing Research Showcase ‘Healthy Ageing: Every Step Matters,’ which is a booked-out event scheduled for Thursday 12 September 2019.

The animated video was shaped by a large study that collected feedback from older adults. It aims to dispel the myths surrounding frailty in a simple, engaging format, underlined by facts with up-to-date recommendations. It seeks to educate the community on the importance of early detection and actions that can prevent or reduce the condition and its many impacts.

An advisory team comprised Dr Archibald, consumer representatives Lyn Whiteaway, Mario Corena and Anna Sheppeard, with Rachel Ambagtsheer from Torrens University, Mark Thompson (University of Adelaide and Inspire Therapy), Dr Michael Lawless (Flinders University) and Dr Tim Schultz and Dr Mellick Chehade (both University of Adelaide), with broader consumer feedback facilitated through COTA and The Plug In.

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