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Frailty is not an inevitable part of aging

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November 3rd, 2017
Senior doing exercises on medicine ball.

Senior doing exercises on medicine ball.

The term frailty is used to describe a variety of problems such as weakness, fatigue, unintentional weight loss, cognitive problems, and depression. Some people believe that frailty is inevitable as you age.

Now scientific evidence suggests that frailty is not, in fact, inescapable. Researchers from the University of Opole in Poland have published results of a review of over 100 studies about frailty. They believe many aspects of frailty can be prevented, delayed, or treated. 

What helps

The researchers’ results indicated that certain measures were associated with less frailty among seniors. A significant amount of evidence pointed to physical activity and age-appropriate exercise as helpful. Keeping track of weight gain or loss was also important. 

Being social was another factor associated with less frailty among seniors. Having contact with other people helps people feel less lonely and has been associated with better cognitive function and a sunnier mood. 

The researchers believe that seniors should not resign themselves to inevitable frailty but rather take steps to prevent it or delay its associated problems. The researchers also believe that raising public awareness about frailty may help more doctors and patients take measures to prevent it

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