Identification Of Frail Older Individuals

Over 30 criteria have been proposed for identifying frail older individuals (Hogan et al., 2003). The set that has attracted the most interest is the one developed by Dr. Linda Fried and her colleagues (Fried et al., 2004). They categorized older individuals as being frail if they have three or more of the following five characteristics: diminished grip strength (compared to peers); complaints of fatigue/exhaustion; limited physical activity (compared to peers); slow gait (compared to peers); and unintentional weight loss. In a validation study, both those who were frail by these criteria and those who were intermediate (presence of one or two of the characteristics) had worse outcomes than nonfrail subjects (those with none) (Fried et al., 2001).

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Blood Pressure Health

Your heart pumps blood throughout your body using a network of tubing called arteries and capillaries which return the blood back to your heart via your veins. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart beats.Learn more...

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