Individual Study / ActiFE-Ulm

Activity and Function in the Elderly in Ulm (ActiFE-Ulm)

Activity and Function in the Elderly in Ulm (ActiFE-Ulm)

Initiatives -
To investigate the relationship between physical activity and two measures of fall incidence in an elderly population using person-years as well as hours walked as denominators and to compare these two approaches. *Note: All published information has been collected from the article referenced in the Marker Paper box below. Therefore, there may be variations with more advanced versions of the study.*
Start Year
The study was funded by a grant from the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts, state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, as part of the Geriatric Competence Center, Ulm University ( Kilian Rapp and Michael Denkinger were supported by a “Forschungskolleg Geriatrie” grant from the Robert Bosch Foundation, Stuttgart, Germany (
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Investigators Contacts
  • Dr. Prof. Dietrich Rothenbacher
    Ulm University


Study design
Population cohort
Follow Up
Prospective cohort study with one-year follow-up of falls using fall calendars.

Marker Paper

Klenk J, Kerse N, Rapp K, Nikolaus T, Becker C, Rothenbacher D, et al. (2015) Physical Activity and Different Concepts of Fall Risk Estimation in Older People–Results of the ActiFE-Ulm Study. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0129098.

PUBMED 26058056


Sources of Recruitment
  • Individuals

Number of participants

Number of participants
Number of participants with biosamples
Supplementary Information
Older people (≥65 years), located in Ulm and adjacent regions in Southern Germany.


Availability of data and biosamples