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Assessing Frailty in Older Adults

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Frailty is a multidimensional state of health that occurs when a person’s physical and cognitive reserves decrease with age, leading to increased vulnerability and reduced resilience to acute illness, trauma and other stressors in comparison to younger and non-frail adults. This Article looks at five of the most referenced screening and assessment tools for frailty.

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The term frailty refers to physiological decline associated with older age. People who are frail are among the most vulnerable demographic, with their risk of adverse health outcomes being considerably increased. While frailty is associated with the ageing process, frailty is not the same as older age, and it is not an inevitable part of ageing.

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Phreciosa Patacsil
18 May 2022
Absolutely great literature I can always refer into. Must read!
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PaTricia Rochford
12 Apr 2022
Excellent information.
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Sandy Fisher
09 Apr 2022
Very informative
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Andrea Teis
12 Apr 2022
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Good reflection on renewed knowledge.
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Suellen Gaynor
15 Apr 2022
Registered Nurse
Excellent resource covering Frailty: Causes,Risks, signs and how to respond to frailty.In addition the reading provided excellent resources to IDENTIFY LEVELS OF FRAILTY : 1.Frieds Frailty Phenotype(approach to measure Frailty) Clinical Frailty scale and 3.Frail scale/index and 4.Reported Edmonton frail scale
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Lixin Xu
26 Apr 2022
easy to understand
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Sharon GRUMONT
12 Apr 2022
Very helpful
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grazia Prochilo
04 May 2022
Registered Nurse
The course was basic and effective
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Krysteen Baker
28 Apr 2022
Fragility is due to & effects more then just physical mobility & the endocrine system plays a part in muscle flexibility. It can start from age 65.
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Salvador Jr.
28 Apr 2022
Very informative
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