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Seminar: Tackling frailty for healthy ageing

The National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) and the Academic Unit for the Psychiatry of Old Age (AUPOA), University of Melbourne are providing the seminar Tackling frailty for healthy ageing, presented by Prof. Renuka Visvanathan.

Abstract: In the last seven years, clinicians and researchers have become more familiar with the term frailty. However, frailty means different things to different people. Clinically, frailty refers to a state of vulnerability to stressors such as acute illnesses. Those frail are at risk of poor health outcomes such as loss of independence, hospitalisation and placement into residential aged care.  

We estimated that one in five community-dwelling older people were frail in 2016. We projected a 50% growth in these numbers over a decade. We also know that increasingly, aged care services are being called upon to manage frailer older individuals. Frailty can also be seen in younger people. It is not exclusively a health issue that is confined to those 65 years and older. Therefore, clinicians across multiple specialties and care settings need to be upskilled to manage this health issue whilst consumers need to be more aware that there are ways to improve their health. 

To tackle frailty, we must focus on four main approaches. Firstly, consumers should be empowered to adopt health practices including lifestyle habits that prevent frailty. Next, early identification of risk by clinicians or consumers could lead to interventions to reduce frailty risk. Thirdly, those frail should be comprehensively assessed and have interventions personalised to improve functional outcomes. Finally, for some who are nearing the end of life, avoiding futile interventions and establishing end-of-life goals may be appropriate. 


Tue 13 Jun 2023, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM







Created 11th May 2023

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