LTC Resources - Frailty

The majority of cancer incidence and mortality occurs in individuals aged older than 65 years, and the number of older adults with cancer is projected to significantly increase secondary to the aging of the US population. As such, understanding the changes accompanying age in the context of the cancer patient is of critical importance.

Frailty assessment provides a means of identifying older adults most vulnerable to adverse outcomes. Attention to frailty in clinical practice is more likely with better understanding of its prevalence and associations with patient characteristics. We sought to provide national estimates of frailty in older people.

Dr. John Puxty, Geriatrician & Director of the Centre for Studies in Aging & Health at Providence Care, gave an overview of Frailty & Common Comorbidities  in an online presentation to health care professionals in South East Ontario via the Ontario Telemedicine Network on January 17th, 2017.  A copy of the event flyer and link to the presentation recording are available.

There is emerging evidence of the role of certain nutrients as risk factors for frailty. However, people eat food, rather than nutrients, and no previous study has examined the association between dietary patterns empirically derived from food consumption and the risk of frailty in older adults.