FACET Free Online Course

Recognizing frailty: An introduction for health care professionals

Free Online Course

The free online course aims to offer:

1. A comprehensive perspective about frailty and its relation to health care
2. Inform about frailty screening and frailty assessment.
3. Provide support about diet and physical activity promotion.

The next course starts on November 26th 2018

Target participants

People working with older adults, including professionals working in community care, residential care, nurses, general practitioners, social care and occupational health. The course is an introduction to the topic of frailty.

No specific qualifications are required to attend the course.


Update for the course starting on 26th November 2018: 

Course materials will now also be available in Spanish! Register for the course via the form. Once the course starts, you can choose to follow the materials in the English section, or in the Spanish section.

Actualización del curso que empieza el 26 de Noviembre 2018: 

Los materiales del curso también estarán disponibles en español! Regístrese para el curso a través del formulario. Una vez que el curso comienza, puede elegir seguir los materiales en la sección en Inglés, o en la sección en Español.

The FACET Free Online Course is a short course (two weeks long comprising around 4 hours of material) with content, activities and interactions related with the identification of frailty in older adults.

In general, the content of the course will cover the importance of monitoring frailty, signals and symptoms, risk factors, how frailty fits in current health care practice, and solutions/strategies to determine frailty in an older adult.

The course requires a commitment of several hours in a short period, and consists of watching video contents (expository videos and/or tutorials, case-studies and interviews), answering to quizzes and assessments delivered in smaller chunks to help with formative learning, participation in interactive polls, and discussion of reflective questions.

Each session will be supervised by specialists to promote interaction with the participants and to answer to their main questions. The monitoring/tutoring will be supplied for each course, at least 3 times per week, providing clarification, additional information, and aiding in the use of the various contents available on the platform.

After each MOOC course, all materials will be available on demand through subscription by individuals or institutions.


Marco Arkesteijn

Diet, Exercise and Health Research group, Aberystwyth University, Wales


  • David Langford: Diet, Exercise and Health Research group, Aberystwyth University, Wales
  • Myriam Valdes: SERMAS, Servicio Madrileño de Salud, Spain
  • Esther Castanys Munoz: Abbott Laboratories


The FACET project includes partners that represent the primary end-users, including hospitals in Spain and leading researchers on frailty (e.g. Prof. Leocadio Rodrigues Manas), combined with institutions with solutions in the area of frailty assessment and monitoring.


The goal of the course is to improve the awareness about frailty, functional ability and well-being of older adults and provide professionals with the knowledge to screen or assess for the presence of frailty.

The free online course intends to provide different tools for the assessment and management of the frailty status of the elderly people and to sensitise for early identification of those at risk for frailty, as a result of functional decline associated with ageing.

The courses will run on an Open edX Platform of Instituto Superior Técnico - University of Lisbon.

Participants will have opportunity to attend the course in three different periods, i.e., the same course will be available in three periods throughout the year - August, October and November 2017.

Learning outcomes

  • Knowledge of the ageing process-related with functional decline.
  • Knowledge of the main geriatric syndromes, including disability, co-morbidity and frailty.
  • Knowledge about the relationship of functional decline with increased medical care, hospitalisation, and institutionalisation.
  • Identification of risk factors for frailty, falls and functional decline.
  • Knowledge of the tools available to screen for frailty.
  • Knowledge of the tools available to assess for frailty
  • Knowledge of solutions that can assist the older adult in assessment/monitoring/prevention /rehabilitation of frailty,


Marco Arkesteijn
+44(0) 1970 62 8559