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The British Geriatric Society defines Frailty as “a distinctive health state related to the ageing process in which multiple body systems gradually lose their in-built reserves.”
It is a clinical syndrome characterised by a physiological vulnerability to minor stressor events (e.g. infection, new medication etc) resulting in poor resolution of homeostasis afterwards.
This means that following a minor insult or health challenge, individuals living with frailty are:
Around 10% of people aged over 65 years have frailty, rising to between 25-50% of those over 85 years.
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