Approach to the Frail Elderly


EYİGÖR S., Kutsal Y. G.

TURKIYE FIZIKSEL TIP VE REHABILITASYON DERGISI-TURKISH JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION, vol.56, no.3, pp.135-140, 2010 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 56 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.4274/tftr.56.135
  • Title of Journal : TURKIYE FIZIKSEL TIP VE REHABILITASYON DERGISI-TURKISH JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION
  • Page Numbers: pp.135-140

Abstract

Frail elderly syndrome is a geriatric syndrome of increased vulnerability to stressors due to impairments in multiple interrelated systems. Common signs and symptoms are unintentional weight loss, muscle weakness, fatigue, slow walking speed, and progressive functional decline. Frail older adults are among the most challenging for medical management. Therapeutic interventions include nutritional supplementation, exercise training, comprehensive geriatric assessment and management by consultation services, and hormonal or anti-inflammatory interventions. Further intervention studies are needed to determine the effectiveness and the potential harm of these treatment modalities in the frail elderly. Turk J Phys Med Rehab 2010;56:135-40.