Lifestyles & Environment


The WP “Lifestyles & Environment” aims to design and implement comprehensive interventions, supporting older people, ageing well and improving their health and their quality of life.

These interventions will be multi-levels ones, curative and preventive, involving skills from medicine (geriatrics, gerontology) but as well numbers of other sectors such as nutrition, physical and cognitive activities, building environment, transport, etc.

Thanks to patients’ cohorts, these interventions will be tested/assessed and implemented into clinical activities linked to the whole ecosystem (external health & social services, public policies, smart city services, industry and services companies, etc.)

Leader name(s)

Pr Olivier Guérin
M. Demory

General description

Active & Healthy Ageing interventions are complex and require a multi-disciplinary and comprehensive approach, including medical and non-medical, pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic strategies. Based on more advanced multi-disciplinary researches, this WP will provide new designs and implementation models for innovative interventions in order to improve health status and well-being of older people. The WP will though connect medical disciplines to the ecosystem composed by policy-makers, liberal health & social services and homecare, relevant citizens services, and silver economy companies.

Thanks to the clinical (geriatrics) activities of the teams involved (regular hospital, short-term hospitalization with multi-disciplinary global care and mobile units) in this WP, it will build the patients cohorts to support the research projects of the FHU, and, after the assessment of intervention (trials and/or living lab) transfer the results into “routine” clinical practices and regular living environment of older people.

Task Title
Design Innovative multidimensional interventions combining Geriatric and “Lifestyles & Environment”
Task Description
  • Define innovative geriatric interventions in order to detect and care frail patients, with chronic diseases, cognitive disorders (e.g. memory) or cancer.
  • Define multi-dimensional interventions adding to healthcare dimension, such as nutrition, physical activities, cognitive Activities, mental Health, medicine adherence, social inclusion, age-Friendly (built) environment, prevention of traumatism (e.g. falls), addictions (alcohol, tobacco…).

These interventions will require close collaborations with solutions providers regarding monitoring tools, embedded systems, wearables, sensors, IT systems and algorithms.

Task Improvement

Reachable in 2 years

Task Title
Create and manage the Global Ecosystem of the FHU
Task Description

In order to set up an “enabling environment” to transfer research results to clinical practices and to routine life of citizens and professionals, the FHU should collaborate with its close ecosystem involving all relevant stakeholders: policy-makers, health/social care providers-professionals (outside the hospital), citizens, companies (multiple sectors), other academics, funders (public and private insurances), etc.

The Ecosystem will be set up to meet regularly (at least 4 times a year) and build working groups on different implementation projects.

Task Improvement
  • Create a territorial strategy and common priorities for all stakeholders.
  • Create multi-stakeholders projects (and associated working groups) involving clinicians, researchers, companies, users (patients/citizens), policy-makers and funders.
  • Facilitate technology transfer and implementation of innovative interventions and solutions.
  • Reachable in 1 year (then continuous)
Task Title
Manage large patients’ cohorts and management
Task Description

Based on the existing patients’ cohorts, this WP will develop a unit in order to tailor the parameters measured and the design of the cohorts based on research projects developed within the FHU, linked with other WPs.

Task Improvement
  • Improvement of the Information system supporting the management of the patients’ cohorts
  • Better structure the cohorts and tailor them to clinical studies and researches.
  • Reachable in 2 years
Task Title
Living Lab & interventions/solutions assessment
Task Description

Run an living assessment area and develop methodologies of evaluation for innovative interventions and solutions, involving real users: patients/citizens and professionals

Task Improvement
  • Assess the outcomes (usability, efficiency, impact on health, on costs).
  • Speed up the development and the dissemination of active ageing, Silver economy solutions
  • Facilitate the adoption by users
  • Promote of ideas and user-driven innovations
  • Reachable in 1 year (then continuous)