Why “Frailty” Matters as an Older Adult

Why “Frailty” Matters as an Older Adult

As we get older, our bodies change. We may begin to feel less active, like we’re starting to slow down. Balance is not as good as before. We might fall often, forget stuff easily, struggle to concentrate. If we start to need more help to do various activities, we may call the condition fraility.

Frailty is a condition not a disease. But it’s a transition toward ill health and often found when we get older. The United States Federal Council on Aging (FCA) explains that vulnerable people accumulate various and ongoing health problems that require care and assistance from others in daily activities, often among people over 75.

This condition differes from normal aging and brings problems relating to physical, mental, and brain health, reducing quality of life.

Signs of Frailty

  1. Muscle weakness
  2. Low physical activity level
  3. Slowness
  4. Exhaustion
  5. Unintended weight loss of over5 kg or over 5% of body weight from the previous year

Effects of Frailty

Frailty affects physical, mental, and brain health and also quality of life

  • Physical
    • Physical weakness
    • Getting ill more easily
    • Bowel problems
    • Body pain
    • Falls and injuries
    • Daily life more difficult
    • Reliance on a caregiver
  • Psychological
    • Mental health issues
    • Mood swings
    • Depression
    • Social isolation
  • Brain
    • Cognitive impairment
    • Forgetfulness
    • Confusion
    • Risk of dementia
  • Quality of life
    • Lower life quality
    • Reliance on others

How to Prevent Frailty

We can prevent frailty by changing our routines and having informed caregivers.

  • Exercise to strengthen muscles, such as using weights that are not too heavy
  • Exercise for large muscles to improve balance and reduce falls
  • Aerobic exercise to boost the heart, breathing, and circulation
  • Exercise like tai chi to improve balance, movement, walking, breathing, and focus
  • Adjusting the living environment to reduce the risk of falls
  • Eating enough protein to maintain muscle mass
  • Taking vitamins and mineral supplements
  • Maintaining oral health.
  • Limiting intake of sweets, sugar, and starches
  • Having informed caregivers who understand frailty


Older adults should keep an eye on their symptoms and adjust their behavior to prevent fragility. Caregivers should pay attention and observe daily life with the knowledge and understanding to give proper care.

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PUBLISHED : 1 year ago

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