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Inspirational lessons in frailty

Frailty in older patients is an important issue that we all need to be aware of in light of our ageing population

Life expectancy is on the up and our population is ageing, so it made sense to me to learn more about nursing older people.

With this in mind, I’ve embarked on an older people’s fellowship at King’s College London (KCL), which has been really inspiring.

The work we’ve done has really highlighted the importance of building a robust evidence base to influence clinical practice to provide intelligent, compassionate care and treatment to their older patients.

In particular on the course, I’ve gained valuable insight into frailty - a clinically recognised state of increased vulnerability among older adults.

According to the British Geriatrics Society, frailty is associated with a decline in an individual’s physical and psychological reserves.

While frailty has many definitions, one that was shared with us was a definition by Rockwood et al (2005), which defines frailty as a multidimensional loss of reserves (energy,


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