NURSING HOMES - Prevention of Functional Decline by Reframing the Role of Nursing Homes? A taskforce was organized on December 2, 2015, in Toulouse, France to highlight the need to develop prevention of functional decline with aging using residential and nursing home facilities. Thirty five key opinion leaders from academy, industry, governmental agencies from Europe and USA, debated on the role of residential and nursing homes in the development of preventive geriatrics, in order to maintain function with aging. Authors: Laffon de Mazières C, Morley JE, Levy C, Agenes F, Barbagallo M, Cesari M, De Souto Barreto P, Donini LM, Fitten J, Franco A, Izquierdo M, Kane RA, Martin FC, Onder G, Ouslander J, Pitkälä K, Saliba D, Sinclair A, Manas LR, Vellas B, Rolland Y. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2017 Feb 1;18(2):105-110.


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.J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2016 May 1;17(5):381-92 and full text at Jour Nursing Home Res 2016;2:7-20.


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. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2016 Mar 1;17(3):188-92


NURSING HOMES - An international definition for nursing home There is much ambiguity regarding the term "nursing home" in thenternational 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 “" 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 following 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.


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.. 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. A taskforce was created to focus on the needs of nursing homes and how to develop research in nursing homes. This led to a position paper setting out a global development agenda on nursing homes that was widely publicized. Authors: Rolland Y, Tolson D, Morley JE, Vellas B. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2014 May;15(5):307-8.


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.


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.


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 - Cognitive frailty: Frontiers and challenges. Comments on the Kelaiditi paper below on "Rational and definition from an IANA/IAGG International consensus group." Authors: Woods AJ, Cohen RA, Pahor M. J Nutr Health Aging. 2013 Sep;17(9):741-3.


COGNITIVE FRAILTY - Cognitive frailty. Comments on the Kelaiditi paper below on "Rational and definition from an IANA/IAGG International consensus group." Authors: Buchman AS, Bennett DA. J Nutr Health Aging;2013 Sep, Vol. 17 Issue 9, p738.


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. J Nutr Health Aging. 2013 Sep, Vol. 17 Issue 9, p726.


NURSING HOMES - An international survey of nursing homes (abstract) This article reports the results of an exploratory survey of nursing home care in 30 countries. Authors: Tolson D, Rolland Y, Katz PR, Woo J, Morley JE, Vellas B. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2013 Jul;14(7):459-62.


FRAILTY - Frailty Consensus: A call to action. A consensus group consisting of delegates from 6 major international, European, and US societies created 4 major consensus points on a specific form of frailty: physical frailty. 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.


FRAILTY - Promoting access to innovation for frail old persons. An IAGG, WHO and SFGG workshop. The purpose of this paper is to present expert's positions on the main aspects of the frailty syndrome in the older persons. Authors: Berrut G, Andrieu S, Araujo de Carvalho I, Baeyens JP, Bergman H, Cassim B, Cerreta F, Cesari M, Cha HB, Chen LK, Cherubini A, Chou MY, Cruz-Jentoft AJ, De Decker L, Du P, Forette B, Forette F, Franco A, Guimaraes R, Guttierrez-Robledo LM, Jauregui J, Khavinson V, Lee WJ, Peng LN, Perret-Guillaume C, Petrovic M, Retornaz F, Rockwood K, Rodriguez-Manas L, Sieber C, Spatharakis G, Theou O, Topinkova E, Vellas B, Benetos A. J Nutr Health Aging. 2013;17(8):688-93.


DIABETES - Diabetes mellitus in older people: position statement on behalf of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG), the European Diabetes Working Party for Older People (EDWPOP), and the International Task Force of Experts in Diabetes. A collaborative expert group of the IAGG and EDWPOP and an International Task Force have explored the key issues that affect diabetes in older people using a robust method comprising a Delphi process and an evidence-based review of the literature. Authors: Sinclair A, Morley JE, Rodriguez-Mañas L, Paolisso G, Bayer T, Zeyfang A, Bourdel-Marchasson I, Vischer U, Woo J, Chapman I, Dunning T, Meneilly G, Rodriguez-Saldana J, Gutierrez Robledo LM, Cukierman-Yaffe T, Gadsby R, Schernthaner G, Lorig K. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2012 Jul;13(6):497-502.


FRAILTY - Implementing frailty into clinical practice: we cannot wait. Identifying and treating frailty in clinical practice is necessary to prevent rapid disability in our aging population and to promote more efficient care. Authors: Vellas B, Cestac P2, Morley JE. J Nutr Health Aging. 2012 Jul;16(7):599-600.


NURSING HOMES - Improving nursing home practice: an international concern (abstract). Because of the urgent need to improve long-term care, and address the variations in standards of nursing home care worldwide, this taskforce was charged with identifying the main clinical, quality and research concerns and actions that would enhance the care provided in nursing homes. Authors: Debbie Tolson, John E Morley, Yves Rolland, and Bruno Vellas. Nursing Older People, Nov2011, 23(9):20-21.


ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE - IAGG workshop: Health promotion program on prevention of late onset dementia. The workshop gave opportunity for discussions and controversies about the state-of-the-art. Based on different national and international trials the questions remained opened for different aspects of methodology, the choice of domain or multi domain intervention, the choice and the definition of the target populations, the best age of candidates, the issues related to the discrepancy between late effects, and interventions’ duration. Authors: Andrieu S, Aboderin I, Baeyens JP, Beard J, Benetos A, Berrut G, Brainin M, Cha HB, Chen LK, Du P, Forette B, Forette F, Franco A, Fratiglioni L, Gillette-Guyonnet S, Gold G, Gomez F, Guimaraes R, Gustafson D, Khachaturian A, Luchsinger J, Mangialasche F, Mathiex-Fortunet H, Michel JP, Richard E, Schneider LS, Solomon A, Vellas B. J Nutr Health Aging. 2011 Aug;15(7):562-75.


FRAILTY - Reducing “Iatrogenic disability” in the hospitalized frail elderly. This paper is a review of the literature on functional decline in elderly hospitalized patients. It is the first stage in a project aiming to prevent dependence that is induced during the course of care. Authors: C. Lafont, S. Gérard, T. Voisin, M. Pahor, B. Vellas and the members of the IAGG-AMPA taskforce. J Nutr Health Aging. 2011 Aug;15(8):645-60.


NUTRITION - Nutrition in the age-related disablement process. The present work is the result of a review and consensus effort of a European task force on nutrition in the elderly. Future lines are proposed for research, including the determination of levels of inadequacy and target doses of supplements, the study of interactions (between nutrients within a diet and with other lifestyle aspects), and the association with functional outcomes.Authors: Inzitari M1, Doets E, Bartali B, Benetou V, Di Bari M, Visser M, Volpato S, Gambassi G, Topinkova E, De Groot L, Salva A. International Association Of Gerontology And Geriatrics (IAGG) Task Force For Nutrition In The Elderly. J Nutr Health Aging. 2011 Aug;15(8):599-604.


NURSING HOMES - Identification of the main domains for quality of care and clinical research in nursing homes. This taskforce focused on specific needs for nursing homes residents, priority actions and future researches for the purpose of enhancing care provided to older people
living in nursing homes Authors: Rolland Y, Aquino JP, Andrieu S, Beard J, Benetos A, Berrut G, Coll-Planas L, Dartigues JF, Dong B, Forette F, Franco A, Franzoni S, Hornez T, Metais P, Ruault G, Stephan E, Swagerty D, Tolson D, Volicer L, Vellas B, Morley J. Identification of the main domains for quality of care and clinical research in nursing homes. J Nutr Health Aging. 2011 May;15(5):410-24.


NURSING HOMES - Advancing nursing home practice: the International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology recommendations. A taskforce was charged with the identification of the key concerns, research priorities, and actions that would enhance the care provided to older people in nursing homes. Authors: Tolson D, Morley JE, Rolland Y, Vellas B. Geriatr Nurs. 2011 May-Jun;32(3):195-7.


NURSING HOMES - International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics: a global agenda for clinical research and quality of care in nursing homes. Authors: Tolson D, Rolland Y, Andrieu S, Aquino JP, Beard J, Benetos A, Berrut G, Coll-Planas L, Dong B, Forette F, Franco A, Franzoni S, Salvà A, Swagerty D, Trabucchi M, Vellas B, Volicer L, Morley JE; The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics/World Health Organization/Society Française de Gérontologie et de Gériatrie Task Force. International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics: a global agenda for clinical research and quality of care in nursing homes. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2011 Mar;12(3):184-9.





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    Chinese    Korean



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 English  and French  versions for general distribution. Publication: Margitic & al. J Am Geriatr Soc 1993 (2)

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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.
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Scope: Clinical, experimental, behavioural, regenerative and technological science research into the aging process.
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