Frailty is the term used to describe a person who may have trouble getting better after being sick or stressed. It is an indicator of health for older adults. Stress can come from feelings, sickness, or a person's surroundings.
Frail people are more likely to:
Be admitted to the hospital
Older adults are at risk for being frail if they:
Have more than one health problem
We measure frailty by checking:
Unplanned weight loss
People who are frail often need help:
Taking a bath or shower
Going to the bathroom
It is our goal to check for and treat frailty early.
Treatment for frailty
Daily walking and light-weight training help improve muscle mass, balance, and heart health.
Talking to people, reading, and playing games keep the brain sharp.
Recognizing depression early is also important in preventing and treating frailty.
High protein diet
Eating healthy food that's high in protein helps build muscle.