Intervention to prevent, delay or reduce frailty in community-living older adults.

Fox, Chris, Jimoh, Florence and Cross, Jane (2018) Intervention to prevent, delay or reduce frailty in community-living older adults. Norfolk and Suffolk Primary and Community Care Research Office.

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Abstract

Executive summary:  Frailty is when the body gradually loses its in-built reserve and becomes vulnerable to sudden changes in health triggered by stress or minor illness such as a urinary tract infection.  Frailty increases the risk of unfavourable health outcomes including falls, disability, admission to hospital, need for long-term care, poorer recovery and reduced quality of life compared to those who are not frail.  Prefrailty is an intermediate stage between non-frail and frail, with loss of in-built reserves but the ability to recover after a stressor event.  The prefrail have more than twice the risk of becoming frail compared to those who are non-frail.  Evidence suggests the ‘prefrail’ state may be a window of opportunity for effective interventions.  Potential interventions include physical activity alone or in combination with nutrition and/or brain training.  Evidence for interventions targeting other aspects of frailty such as cognition, social outcomes and psychosocial wellbeing (depression and loneliness) is limited but have been advocated.  The use of Information Communication Technology (ICT)/eHealth in frailty interventions demonstrates potential for self-management, improved health and cost effectiveness.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: frailty older adults community dwelling
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2018 16:31
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2020 00:18
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/69153
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