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Older people in the risk zone

The study was a health promoting intervention targeting community-dwelling people 80 years of age or older, and at risk of developing frailty. The primary aim with the study was to evaluate if a health promoting intervention could prevent frailty and dependence in daily activities. The study had a controlled blinded design with three study arms (1), and the data collection finished in December 2010.

The study has rendered knowledge on how to work with health promotion with people at risk of developing frailty. This knowledge has been used to develop a programme targeting foreign-born older people. The study has also analysed who benefits the most of a health promotion intervention ( 2). The results showed that older people living alone are a group at high risk of developing frailty. Therefore, they are the group that would benefit the most of the intervention and who should be invited to participate in health promotion programmes such as older people in the risk zone.

The project has also developed tools such as the education material “Livslots för seniorer” (3), that aims to provide knowledge and methods to meet the challenge of growing old. Community and primary care staff have, together with the researchers, developed a manual (4) for how to work with senior meetings and preventive home visits in the health promoting programme. These tools can be downloaded and used in health promoting interventions with this target group.


(1) Dahlin-Ivanoff, S, Gosman-Hedström, G, Edberg, A, Wilhelmson, K, Eklund, K, Dunér, A, Zidén, L, Welmer, A, Landahl, S. Elderly persons in the risk zone: Design of a multidimensional, health-promoting, randomised three-armed controlled trial for "prefrail" people of 80+ years living at home. BMC geriatrics. 2010;10:27.

(2) Dahlin-Ivanoff S, Eklund K, Wilhelmson K, Behm L, Häggblom-Kronlöf G, Zidén L, et al. For whom is a health-promoting intervention effective? Predictive factors for performing activities of daily living independently. BMC Geriatr 2016;16(1):1-9.

(3)Livslots för seniorer(4)Manual


Susanne Gustafsson: ”Health-promoting intervention for community-dwelling older adults - Focusing on the concept of frailty and intervention outcome”

Lina Behm: ”It is never too late”


Synneve Dahlin-Ivanoff, Susanne Gustafsson, Greta Häggblom-Kronlöf, Anna Dunér, Katarina Wilhelmson, Lina Behm

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