Community Care 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.

Frailty is a dynamic condition experienced by some older adults.  It creates a vulnerability to adverse outcomes resulting from an interaction of physical, socio-economic and co-morbidity factors. When an individual is frail the impact of an “illness” further impairs function and ability to cope.

This presentation reviews the importance of identifying frailty as a marker for vulnerable community and hospitalized seniors. Dr. Puxty explains how to identify potentially remediable contributory factors to decline in mobility and function in frail elderly. 46 Slides.

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.