Frailty cannot be cured; however, many frail persons can be made less frail or, if already frail, can be made more robust by careful management.
Data from a recent study, frailty status was strongly associated with health-related and social-demographic factors. The findings are useful when formulating and designing strategies to evaluate and manage frail elderly out patients.
Healthy ageing could be one of the underlying reasons for the association between frailty and all-cause mortality; however, further prospective analyses are required to clarify its mechanism.
In this cross sectional study the relationship between frailty and health care utilization was explored. Results from a recent paper suggest that frailty is not a good predictor of increased health care utilization which further points to the need to further consider frailty as a proxy for age rather than for a specific disability status.
There are many older adults living in the United States living at what is considered low risk for frailty (physical weakness, impaired mobility or sensory impairment).
Clinicians often find that a wide range of treatment options are available for frail elderly patients such as home-based or home-care services. For patients suffering from frailty, treatment is often tailored towards those who are more susceptible to deterioration and adverse outcomes such as hospitalizations.
For individuals with frailty, it often takes a long time to achieve frailty criteria, and for those who do, they are often frail for an extended period. Additionally, an older frailty definition is associated with a high prevalence of physical limitation and adverse effects of frailty in adults.
Most patients who received a 2-month hiatus intervention reported a more favorable health-related perception in all measured domains at follow-up compared to those who did not. In a recent study, findings may reflect improvements in perceived physical function, mental health, and self-perception as a result of the 2-month hiatus intervention. This is the first study to provide estimates on the effects of the 2-month hiatus intervention on these important outcomes following a long-term PA intervention.
Parents' perceptions of physical/mental health and cognitive decline are significantly associated with objectively ascertained indices of frailty that do not differ on their associations with other clinical indicators. Furthermore, the family history of frailty is a powerful predictor of age-adjusted mortality risk.
frailty varies in different populations with many sub-populations. Older persons are at risk for frailty. Recent research indicates the possibility of frailty at all ages, but especially in old age. The impact of frailty is very large, influencing overall health, daily functioning, psychological and social well-being. It is associated with increased healthcare use and institutionalization.
The study's results were similar to previous research on the subject, and indicate the need for additional research on this specific intervention. Future studies may address the long-term maintenance of benefits. Other randomized controlled trials on the subject may also examine the effects of more intensive intervention or the initiation of treatment at earlier stages.
Physicians with experience in evaluating older patients of frailty can identify the patients most likely to benefit from a clinical trial. These patients can be identified as recipients of the smallest sample sizes in an intervention group and most likely to perceive the intervention as being most helpful. Physicians should consider offering clinical trials tailored specifically for frail patients, who might benefit more from the intervention than might most or any more frail patients.