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Frailty

Everyone has a combination of abilities and disabilities. As we age, our disabilities may increase. We may need help from others to manage day to day. When a person's disability and health problems overwhelm their ability to live independently, consider 'frailty.' A frail older person often has problems with walking and daily function. They may be on many medications and have serious health problems. They may also have difficulty with memory, or vision and hearing. A frail person would be at risk if left alone for extended periods.

Why is frailty important? Frail adults are at increased risk of becoming sick and having difficulties during hospitalization or major medical interventions. A frail person will have more difficulty recovering after an illness, and they have a higher chance of losing mobility and function. Persons with frailty may have a shortened life expectancy.

Consider 'frailty' when making health or future care decisions.

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