Signs of Frailty

by Lois Etienne on April 15, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Scientists have found that frailty is the result of a systems failure in older adults, rather than a specific problem, disease or even chronological age. So how do family caregivers know what to look for?  Following, from Stephanie Studenski, M.D., M.P.H., University of Pittsburgh geriatrician and researcher, and Home Instead Senior Care, are the signs that a senior might be becoming frail:

Change.  If a senior has always been interested in talking to the neighbors, reading the newspaper or volunteering and is withdrawing from those interests, suggest your loved one see a doctor.

Inactivity.  If your senior suddenly becomes less active, investigate what could be the cause.

Slowing down.  If grandpa always used to have a bounce in his step and now, suddenly, trudges along, that’s a bad sign. 

Loss of appetite and weight.  A senior who always had a healthy appetite and doesn’t any more should be of concern to their loved ones.

Unsteadiness.  Loss of balance comes with aging but an increasing unsteadiness is a sign that something could be wrong.

Daughter-And-Senior-FatherTo find out how you can help keep a senior active, contact Home Instead Senior Care for a free Get Mom Moving Activity Cards: “Activities for the Mind Body and Soul.”

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