In our society, the ever-increasing group of elderly people poses a major and fascinating challenge. An important concept gaining attention is 'Active Ageing' (AA), which according to the WHO means 'the process in which health, participation and safety opportunities are optimised in order to increase the quality of life in the ageing process'. One of the biggest barriers of AA, and a major concern for our ageing society, is frailty. While AA leads to better health in old age, frailty significantly hinders healthy ageing. In this context, frailty is seen as a syndrome in which a person's reserve capacity is reduced to such an extent that mild external stress can have significant negative consequences.
Despite the pressure that frailty puts on healthy and active ageing, screening is still not done enough, leaving guidelines for targeted interventions inadequate. Nurses are key figures in healthcare and are therefore the key to systematic screening for frailty. Possibilities for a multidisciplinary approach to countering frailty will also be explored during the project. With this project we wish to assess the knowledge of frailty of nurses and map frailty prevalence in primary care in Antwerp. Eventually, in collaboration with Hospital Network Antwerp and the University of Antwerp, we want to start a twofold frailty clinic, in which we want to offer an answer to the following research question: What is the current knowledge, prevalence and educational program concerning frailty in Antwerp? To this end, we want to conduct a literature study, a qualitative (by means of focus groups and interviews) and quantitative (by means of questionnaires and frailty screening tool) approach.