NURSING HOMES - Recommendations on physical activity and exercise for older adults living in long-term care facilities: a taskforce report A taskforce, under the auspices of The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics’s Global Aging Research Network (IAGG-GARN) and the IAGG European Region Clinical Section, composed of experts from the fields of exercise science and geriatrics, met in Toulouse, in December 2015, with the aim of establishing recommendations of physical activity and exercise for older adults living in long-term care facilities (LTCF). The members established 2 sets of recommendations: recommendations for reducing sedentary behaviors for all LTCF residents and recommendations for defining specific, evidence-based guidelines for exercise training for subgroups of LTCF residents. In conclusion, this taskforce report proposes standards for the elaboration of strategies to increase physical activity as well as to prescribe exercise programs for older adults living in LTCFs. This report should be used as a guide for professionals working in LTCF settings. Authors: Philipe de Souto Barreto, John E. Morley, Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko, Kaisu H. Pitkala, Elizabeth Weening-Djiksterhuis, Leocadio Rodriguez-Mañas, Mario Barbagallo, Erik Rosendahl, Alan Sinclair, Francesco Landi, Mikel Izquierdo, Bruno Vellas, Yves Rolland. Recommendations on Physical Activity and Exercise for Older Adults Living in Long-Term Care Facilities: A Taskforce Report. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2016 May 1;17(5):381-92.doi and full text at Jour Nursing Home Res 2016;2:7-20. http://www.jnursinghomeresearch.com/current-issue.html


FRAILTY - An emerging public health priority. In late 2014, IAGG GARN was commissioned by WHO’s Department of Aging and Life Course to setup a group of 15 international experts to finalize a background paper on Frailty intended for the 2015 WHO Global Report on Ageing and Health. A background paper was published following the meeting held at WHO Headquarters. The aim of the publication is to raise awareness on the need to better identify frailty as a target for implementing preventive interventions against age-related conditions. Every effort should be made by health care authorities to maximize efforts in this field, balancing priorities, needs, and resources. Raising awareness about frailty and age-related conditions in the population is important for effective prevention, and should lead to the promotion of lifelong healthy behaviors and lifestyle. The present work and related activities were supported by the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) and its Global Aging Research Network (IAGG GARN). Authors: Cesari M, Prince M, Thiyagarajan JA, De Carvalho IA, Bernabei R, Chan P, Gutierrez-Robledo LM, Michel JP, Morley JE, Ong P, Rodriguez Manas L, Sinclair A, Won CW, Beard J, Vellas B. Frailty: an emerging public health priority. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2016 Jan 21. pii: S1525-8610(15)00766-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2015.12.016. 


COGNITIVE FRAILTY - A first definition of a "cognitive frailty" in older adults. It was provided to facilitate the design of future personalized prevention in aged persons. Discussion included the use of multi-domain interventions focused on the physical, nutritional, cognitive and psychological domains for improving the well-being and quality of life in the elderly. Morley JE, Morris JC, Berg-Weger M, Borson S, Carpenter BD, Del Campo N, Dubois B, Fargo K, Fitten LJ, Flaherty JH, Ganguli M, Grossberg GT, Malmstrom TK, Petersen RD, Rodriguez C, Saykin AJ, Scheltens P, Tangalos EG, Verghese J, Wilcock G, Winblad B, Woo J, Vellas B. Brain Health: The Importance of Recognizing Cognitive Impairment, An IAGG Consensus Conference. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2015 Sep 1;16(9):731-9.


NURSING HOMES - An international definition of "Nursing Home" There is much ambiguity regarding the term "nursing home" in the

       international literature. The definition of a nursing home and the type of assistance provided in a nursing home is quite varied by country. The

       International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) and the AMDA foundation developed a survey to assist with an international

       consensus on the definition of "nursing home." A consensus paper on “An international definition for nursing home" Authors: Sanford AM,  

       Orrell M, Tolson D, Abbatecola AM, Arai H, Bauer JM, Cruz-Jentoft AJ, Dong B, Ga H, Goel A, Hajjar R, Holmerova I, Katz PR, Koopmans RT,

       Rolland Y, Visvanathan R, Woo J, Morley JE, Vellas B. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2015 Mar;16(3):181-4.


       COGNITIVE FRAILTY - Brain health: The importance of recognizing cognitive impairment: an IAGG consensus conference A paper

       published after the conference on "Screening for cognitive frailty" that took place on March 7 & 8 2015 in St Louis, USA. Authors: John E. Morley,

       John C. Morris, Marla Berg-Weger, Soo Borson, Brian D. Carpenter, Natalia del Campo, Bruno Dubois, Keith Fargo, L. Jaime Fitten, Joseph H. Flaherty,

       Mary Ganguli, George T. Grossberg, Theodore K. Malmstrom, Ronald D. Petersen, Carroll Rodriguez, Andrew J. Saykin, Philip Scheltens, Eric G.

       Tangalos, Joe Verghese, Gordon Wilcock. Published in JAMDA. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2015 Sep 1;16(9):731-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2015.06.017



NURSING HOMES - International survey of nursing home research priorities. This article reports the findings of a policy survey designed to establish research priorities to inform future research strategy and advance nursing home practice. The survey was administered in 2 rounds during 2013, and involved a combination of open questions and ranking exercises to move toward consensus on the research priorities. A key finding was the prioritization of research to underpin the care of people with cognitive impairment/dementia and of the management of the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia within the nursing home. Other important areas were end-of-life care, nutrition, polypharmacy, and developing new approaches to putting evidence-based practices into routine practice in nursing homes. It explores possible innovative educational approaches, reasons why best practices are difficult to implement, and challenges faced in developing high-quality nursing home research. International Survey of Nursing Home Research Priorities. Authors: Morley JE et al. J Am Med Dir Assoc 2014 May; 15(5):309-312.


NURSING HOMES - The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) Nursing Home Initiative.Authors: Rolland Y, Tolson D, Morley JE, Vellas B. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2014 May;15(5):307-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2014.03.002.


FRAILTY - Frailty screening comes of age. Six societies (IAGG, EUGMS, AMDA, IANA, AFAR and SCWD) got together and called for screening by health professionals of all persons 70 years and older for frailty. Author: Morley JE. J Nutr Health Aging. 2014 May;18(5):453-4. doi: 10.1007/s12603-014-0457-9.


NURSING HOMES - Nursing home research: The first IAGG research conference This article provides a summary of the presentations made during the conference on November 22-23, 213 in St Louis, USA. Authors: Rolland Y, Resnick B, Katz PR, Little MO, Ouslander JG, Bonner A, Geary CR, Schumacher KL, Thompson S, Martin FC, Wilbers J, Zúñiga F, Ausserhofer D, Schwendimann R, Schüssler S, Dassen T, Lohrmann C, Levy C, Whitfield E, de Souto Barreto P, Etherton-Beer C, Dilles T, Azermai M, Bourgeois J, Orrell M, Grossberg GT, Kergoat H, Thomas DR, Visschedijk J, Taylor SJ; OPERA Study Team, Handajani YS, Widjaja NT, Turana Y, Rantz MJ, Skubic M, Morley JE. Published in the J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2014 May;15(5):313-25. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2014.03.004.


ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE - Dementia Prevention: optimizing the use of observational data for personal, clinical, and public health decision-making. Following a taskforce organized on April 22-23, 2013,in New York, USA in coopoeration with the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF), a paper on “Implementing Alzheimer’s Disease prevention into clinical practice” Authors: Dacks PA, Andrieu S, Blacker D, Carman AJ, Green AM, Grodstein F, Henderson VW, James BD, Lane RF, Lau J, Lin PJ, Reeves BC, Shah RC, Vellas B, Yaffe K, Yurko-Mauro K, Shineman DW, Bennett DA, Fillit HM. J Prev Alz Dis 2014;1(2):117-123.


COGNITIVE FRAILTY - Rational and definition from an (IANA/IAGG) International Consensus Group. The first definition of a cognitive frailty condition in older adults. It was provided to facilitate the design of future personalized preventive interventions in older people.Authors: Kelaiditi E, Cesari M, Canevelli M, van Kan GA, Ousset PJ, Gillette-Guyonnet S, Ritz P, Duveau F, Soto ME, Provencher V, Nourhashemi F, Salvà A, Robert P, Andrieu S, Rolland Y, Touchon J, Fitten JL, Vellas B; IANA/IAGG. J Nutr Health Aging. 2013 Sep, Vol. 17 Issue 9, p726.


FRAILTY - Frailty Consensus: A call for action. Authors: Morley JE, Vellas B, van Kan GA, Anker SD, Bauer JM, Bernabei R, Cesari M, Chumlea WC, Doehner W, Evans J, Fried LP, Guralnik JM, Katz PR, Malmstrom TK, McCarter RJ, Gutierrez Robledo LM, Rockwood K, von Haehling S, Vandewoude MF, Walston J. Frailty Consensus: A call for Action. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2013 Jun;14(6):392-7.






It aims to promote preventive interventions against disability and to provide information on how to adequately implement frailty into everyday clinical practice. To this effect, the book highlights current knowledge on the identification of target population, the assessment of frail old adult, and the development of tailored intervention programs. We now know that early detection and intervention is critical to addressing frailty. Three versions are available: english, french, chinese, japanese, spanish.



The short 40 seconds film was realized to promote autonomy of old people. It was funded by the CNSA (Caisse Nationale de Solidarité pour l'Autonomie), a French state organization. The video can be disseminated via any type of screens: social networks, websites, local TVs, or during events dedicated to old people. Use the links provided below to view the film in eight different versions:

French   English   Italian    Spanish     German     Portuguese    Chinese1     Chinese2    Japanese   Korean     Persian


A VIDEO ON “MEMORY DISORDERS” IAGG GARN collaborates with the Gérontopôle of Toulouse and the CTAD2016 conference organizers to disseminate a video dedicated to memory disorders. Addressed to a general audience of seniors, the film promotes five lifestyle rules to maintain memory and encourages old people to participate in research projects. The film can be distributed via any type of screen: social networks, websites, local TVs, or during events dedicated to old people. We also invite you to target networks, colleagues, local authorities and all those whose work to for the wellbeing of our eldest.This tool is available in seven languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Chinese



Nearly 30% of older patients lose independence in basic activities of daily living during hospital stay (1). This loss of independence may be due to

illness leading to hospitalization… or to unadapted healthcare procedures. In more than half the cases, disability is avoidable(2). The IAGG GARN has

also an interest to develop actions to prevent dependency during hospitalization of frail older adults. To help us promote this campaign amongst

professionals, you can download the poster for general distribution. Publication: Margitic & al. J Am Geriatr Soc 1993 (2) Sourdet & al. J Frailty

Aging 2014.





WHO'S 2015 WORLD REPORT ON AGEING AND HEALTH was released on September 30, 2015 for the International Day of Older Persons (1st October). The report looks at what the latest evidence has to say about the ageing process and aims to move the debate about the most appropriate public health response to population ageing. Upload the 260-page document



HelpAge International recently launched the Global AgeWatch Index 2015. It ranks countries by how well their older populations are faring. You can view Global AgeWatch report cards, edited country by country. Regional analyses and in-depth country commentaries are also included in this year's version



Launched by Alzheimer's Disease International, this year's version is dedicated to the "Global impact of dementia: an analysis of prevalence, incidence, costs and trends." The 2015 Report updates data on the prevalence, incidence, cost and trends of dementia worldwide. It also estimates how these numbers will increase in the future, leaving us with no doubt that dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease and other causes, is one of the biggest global public health and social care challenges facing people today and in the future. You can upload the publication





Scope: Health, housing, mobility, communication, leisure and work.
Aim: Fitting technological environments to support changing life goals and lifestyle preferences into advanced age.


Scope: Clinical, experimental, behavioural, regenerative and technological science research into the aging process.
Aim: Understanding the basic mechanisms of aging and age-related diseases.




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