Caregiver Resources - Frailty

Frailty is a health condition associated with a lessened capacity to recover from stressing experiences, such as a fall or hospitalization, which can lead to poorer health outcomes. Increasing age is a risk factor for frailty; about 4% of people aged 65 to 69 are living with frailty, compared to 26% of those aged 85 and above (1). These individuals can experience fatigue, unintentional weight loss, mobility issues (2) or delirium (3), and are likely to have two or more chronic diseases and use many medications (3).

Proper action and collaboration of patients, caregivers and medical professionals can reduce negative health outcomes associated with frailty (3). Eating a balanced diet, increasing physical activity and maintaining social interaction can lead to better health outcomes and quality of life for those affected by frailty. For more information on healthy living, please review the materials under the “Healthy Lifestyles” tab in Caregiver Resources. Additionally, regular checkups with a healthcare professional, medication reviews and staying informed on frailty, help ensure a state of good health. If frailty or pre-frailty is a concern, please schedule an appointment with your family physician to discuss a personalized care plan. 

References

(1)  Collard, R. M., Boter, H., Schoevers, R. A., & Oude Voshaar, R. C. (2012). Prevalence of frailty in community‐dwelling older persons: A systematic review. American Geriatrics Society, 60(8), 1487-1492. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1532-5415.2012.04054.x

(2)  Fried, L. P., Tangen, C. M., Walston, J., Newman, A. B., Hirsch, C., Gottdiener, J., . . . McBurnie, M.A. (2001). Frailty in older adults: Evidence for a phenotype. The Journals of Gerontology: Series A, 56(3), M146–M157. Retrieved from https://academic.oup.com/biomedgerontology/article/56/3/M146/545770

(3)  B.C. Ministry of Health. (2017). Frailty in older adults - Early identification and management. Retrieved from https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/practitioner-professional-resources/bc-guidelines/frailty

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