Practice question

How can I identify older people who may be frail?

Frailty is not an inevitable part of ageing, yet it is more common in older people. 

While frailty is not an inevitable part of ageing it is more common in older people. Of people over the age of 65 years 10% have frailty, which rises to between 25 and 50% of those over 85 (Clegg et al 2013). The British Geriatrics Society (BGS) (2014) Fit for Frailty guideline recommends that older people should be assessed for frailty at all healthcare encounters.

The benefits of identifying frailty in practice include: early identification of an at-risk population; promoting proactive rather than reactive care; reducing the incidence of unplanned care; and supporting individuals and their families through informed decision making while balancing the risks and benefits of interventions.

'Evidence-based interventions for frailty include exercise’

In the first instance the frailty identification process should be simple, quick and easy to interpret. The tools spoken


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