Ageing prevention

By 2030, almost one in three French persons will be over 60 years of age and the proportion over 80 will have doubled. In order to address ageing challenges, Hospices Civils de Lyon has founded Institut du Vieillissement (I-Vie) and adapted its care offering.

Institut du Vieillissement

Founded on January 1st, 2016 under the impetus of the management of Hospices Civils de Lyon, the I-Vie healthcare institute adapts the services at HCL to ageing challenges.

It has two priorities: improving the care offering aimed at older people and combating dependency. The institute works closely with all stakeholders in the healthcare process. It federates all HCL staff to improve the diagnosis and care of frailty, and is at the disposal of general practitioners, at the front line in dependency prevention and support.

The institute offers them prevention tools and the services of mobile teams, capable of responding promptly to their patients. It also promotes research as a major driver in combating dependency. It establishes ageing as a high-ranking discipline, anticipates the challenges of the future, and spreads its expertise, equally well locally, nationally, and internationally. Therefore, besides its primary role in healthcare, I-Vie has the aim of raising the profile of research on ageing and becoming a reference institute.

Care offering

Expertise on the ground, a strong regional network and one aim: making excellence and cutting-edge medicine accessible to older people.

Institut du Vieillissement covers the entire region. It represents 25% of the beds at Hospices Civils de Lyon, either in hospitals specialised in ageing, or in integrated wards in general hospitals (close to emergency departments and technical platforms).


Institut du Vieillissement at Hospices Civils de Lyon includes a clinical research centre for "ageing-brain-frailty" (VCF) enabling older patients to access national and international research and clinical trials from the earliest stages.