Recognizing Frailty Aberystwyth University

Enrollment is Closed

About This Course

This course will focus on frailty in older adults. Frailty is increasingly being recognized as a clinically relevant syndrome, and one that should be addressed and prevented. The course endeavors to raise awareness of frailty, and showcase that frailty can be preventable and reversible.

It will provide professionals with the knowledge to screen or assess for the presence of frailty. The course contents will also showcase a range of frailty tools that can be used, in a variety of settings, including social care, residential care, and occupational health, to primary and secondary care.


This course is suitable for people working with older adults, including professionals working in community care, residential care, nurses, general practitioners, social care and occupational health.

Learning objectives

  • Describe the impact frailty can have on the well-being of the older adult
  • Explain what frailty is
    • How to screen for the presence of frailty
    • How to assess whether someone has frailty, or is at risk of developing frailty
  • Provide advice on how to prevent frailty, reverse it, or slow down its progression, with a particular focus on diet and physical activity

Topic Contents

The course will include videos, text and discussions on the following topics:

  • Impact of frailty on the older patient
  • Frailty, disability and comorbidity
  • Scientific models of frailty
  • Desirable characteristics of frailty tools
  • Frailty screening versus frailty assessment
  • Evaluating the most common frailty tools
  • The role of diet and physical activity in frailty management

Organization and duration

The course is available for a period of one year, as resource for your to consult on. During this period, you can view the contents at your own pace. Items consist of videos, text and discussion boards, alongside relevant links you can explore. In total, it is expected to take around 4 hours to complete all contents.

Course support is available via email only; send your enquiries directly to the course organisor, Dr Marco Arkesteijn, via There will be no active engagement and monitoring of the discussion sections, although moderators might check contents

Evaluation and Certification

Upon completion of the course and the final assessment a course certificate will be available to you, but this won't be until the end of the coure in 2020. If you need a certificate before that time, please email Marco via

Course Staff

The course team consists of experts from clinical practice and academia. The team consists of:

  • Marco Arkesteijn: Diet, Exercise and Health Research group, Aberystwyth University, Wales
  • David Langford: Diet, Exercise and Health Research group, Aberystwyth University, Wales
  • Esther Castanys Munoz: Abbott Laboratories, Spain

Course Funder

This course is offered for free as part of a European project, 'FrAilty Care and wEll-funcTion' (FACET) and was funded by EIT Health in 2016-2018. FACET aims to promote healthy ageing via prevention and monitoring of the frailty of older adults.

Observation / Observação

This course and all available contents are responsibility of the tutors and the institution of higher education that promotes it.

Informamos que o presente curso e os seus conteúdos são da inteira responsabilidade do(s) tutor(es) que os produziram e da instituição de ensino superior que o promove.

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  2. Classes Start

    Feb 20, 2019
  3. Classes End

    Feb 22, 2020
  4. Enrollment Start Date

    Feb 20, 2019
  5. Enrollment End Date

    Feb 22, 2020
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