European Joint Action tackling frailty of older people

A comprehensive approach to promote a disability-free advanced age in Europe: the ADVANTAGE initiative

Frailty means increased vulnerability of older people. However, since frailty is not an inevitable consequence of ageing, it can be prevented to foster a longer and healthier life. The ADVANTAGE JA will build a common understanding of frailty to be used in all the Member States.


ADVANTAGE JA focusses on the challenge of frailty in older people. It will provide a common approach to using models of care for older people within the European framework. ADVANTAGE JA will also promote the needed sustainable changes in the organisation and their implementation in the Health and Social System.


ADVANTAGE JA is co-funded by the European Union and the Member States. It involves 22 Member States and 33 organisations. Partners work together to summarise the current State of the Art of the different components of frailty at European, National and Regional level. They will advance knowledge in the field of frailty to build a common understanding of frailty. 

The final output will be the “Frailty prevention approach” (FPA), a common model to tackle frailty in the European Union.