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I’m falling into disrepair.
The Frailty Syndrome: 5 Traits
- Weight Loss > 10 lbs over a year
- Frequent Exhaustion
- Lower Levels of Activity
- Slow Gait
- Poor Grip Strength
Source: Dr. Linda Fried, Johns Hopkins
Fundamental Problems with Frailty
~It’s Age-Related 4 out of 10 ‘Frail’ are > 85 yrs. old
~Lack of a “physiological safety net” to bounce back from infections and injuries
~Medical System is not equipped well to deal with frailty; system design is Reactive
~Loved ones become Collateral damage and get pulled down by the frail elder
Good News: Frailty is not necessarily a given with old age!
Practical Suggestions to Combat Frailty: