Identifying frailty and its outcomes

Elsa Dent is a researcher at the University of Adelaide specialising in Nutrition and Ageing.FrailLeaf

People differ vastly in the way they age. If we are able to predict which individuals are likely to face problems as they age, we may be able to use this information to design preventative programs and to optimise a person’s care and treatment.

One way to identify older people at risk of poor outcomes is by identifying frailty. Frailty is a common condition in older people, although it is not an inevitable part of ageing. It is characterised by weakness, weight loss and a decreased ability to cope with illness and life challenges. Continue reading