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Understanding Frailty

Too often, ageing is associated with frailty. While ageing is inevitable, the rate in which physical decline occurs is not. In fact, there are plenty of steps that you can take to live out your best life throughout your later years.

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Frailty defined

Frailty is a common clinical condition in which someone is more vulnerable to experiencing adverse outcomes in response to a stressor, such as a fall or minor medical procedure.

This condition is caused by a range of factors and often characterised by reduced strength, endurance, and physiological function. Because it develops gradually, frailty frequently goes unnoticed. It’s also linked with getting older, but the two definitely don’t have to occur together.

Fortunately, there are many things you can do to reduce your risk of becoming frail. You can also take positive steps to limit the impact of frailty – and even reverse it in some cases – once frailty has been identified (ink to article 2). A range of services are available to help older Australians optimise their health and maintain their independence for longer. Getting the right information and support in place is about getting the steps in place to for a positive ageing journey.

 

There are plenty of options for support

If you or someone you love has discovered they are frail or at risk of frailty – by using our Positive Ageing Tool, for example – numerous options are available to support you to live your best life into your advanced years.

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Understanding and measuring frailty

The cost of frailty and why it matters
Understanding Frailty starts by recognising and monitoring your risk of frailty to ensure it’s managed at all stages of your life. When recognised early – or better still, before it starts – it’s easier to limit the impact of frailty, introduce interventions to prevent physical decline, and ensure that you can stay healthier and independent for longer living a full life in the community.

What is frailty and why you should know your frailty score?
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Screening for Frailty
This condition is caused by a range of factors and often characterised by reduced strength, endurance, and physiological function. Because it develops gradually, frailty frequently goes unnoticed. More importantly, it can potentially be prevented or treated with simple interventions including exercise, diet and medication management.

And while frailty is linked with getting older, the two don’t have to go hand in hand. It’s about taking early interventions to help stay healthy and active for longer.

Prevention and management however, can only start when you realise that you – or someone you love – is becoming frail or at risk of frailty. Fortunately, easy and fast tools that assess your risk of frailty have been developed and validated by researchers.

How you can screen for Frailty.
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Using your Frailty score for positive Steps
If you complete the our frailty check either for yourself or on behalf of a loved one – you’ll receive results indicating your risk for poor health outcomes. Our Positive Ageing Tool provides a guide for where to start because it identifies which risk factors are at play.

If you elect to receive a report, it describes simple strategies that support healthy ageing, including improving your sleep, managing pain, managing shortness of breath, increasing your exercise, building a diet that serves you, and getting the support you need to remain independent.

You can find out some simple coping strategies, exercises and diet tips in the Positive Ageing Tool website.

Using your Frailty knowledge to stay independent.
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Putting the right support and help in place
There are many things you can do to reduce your risk of becoming frail. You can also take positive steps to limit the impact of frailty – and even reverse it in some cases – once frailty has been identified. A range of services are available to help older Australians optimise their health and maintain their independence for longer. Getting the right information and support in place is about getting the steps in place to for a positive ageing journey.

Benetas offer a full range of aged care services, including everything from home care packages to respite care and residential aged care.

How can I get the right support in place.
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Benetas can support you to stay independent and continue doing what makes you, you; all from the familiar surrounds of your own home. We offer an extensive range of home care services and funding options to suit your individual circumstances.

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