Exercise counters functional decline of older people in hospital
Older people in hospital need an exercise programme to avoid being discharged with a new disability
Acute hospitalised older patients, including those who are able to walk independently, spend most of their time in bed. This makes hospital admission a major contributor to disability in older people.
Despite resolution of the reason for hospitalisation, patients, especially those who are frail, are often discharged with a new major disability. More than half of older adults do not recover to their pre-admission function levels one year after discharge and there are high rates of nursing home placement and death.
An exercise programme started...
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