Lead project ‘mental health and ageing’


Several studies have shown that age-related sleep changes in the elderly can lead to sleep disorders. The use of hypnotics (sleeping pills) is therefore more frequent in the elderly and presents a higher risk of mental and physical health deterioration (cognitive decline, falls, ...). This risk increases even more when the person is institutionalised or hospitalised. The "BISleEP" study (Brief Interventions for Sleep in Elderly Patients) aims in particular to study the effect of behavioural and logistical hospital measures specially adapted to the sleep needs of the elderly, possibly in combination with treatment with non-hypnotic drugs. The project therefore falls within the framework of the Brugmann Foundation's main theme "Health and Ageing" and aims to play a pioneering role at the (inter)national level in the care of elderly people admitted to geriatric wards.