Frailty - Do you know the signs?

Knowing the signs of frailty is vital.
Knowing the signs of frailty is vital.

Knowing the signs of frailty is vital, especially for those working with patients or caring for an older person or those with a chronic condition.

Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) has highlighted the risk for older people and is raising awareness about the impact of falls.

According to the Clinical Excellence Commission's (CEC) local Falls Prevention Program Lead, Lorraine Lovitt, there are a range of signs of frailty to be aware of, while people with three or more warning signs should talk to their health care team.

"The signs of frailty include unintentional weight loss, weakness, slower walking speed, exhaustion and low activity levels," Ms Lovitt said.

Frailty can impact a person's ability to function normally and maintain their independence. With falling strongly linked to frailty, addressing this issue is important for overall health and wellbeing. You don't have to be older to be frail and those with chronic conditions, medical and mental health conditions are also at an increased risk of frailty.

"Some signs of frailty can be reversed or treated with appropriate help. People can improve their physical activity levels with an emphasis on strength and balance exercise, while improved nutrition intake with an increase in protein and medication management can also play an important role," Ms Lovitt said.

At SNSWLHD, Niccola Follett oversees a range of programs to help support patients at risk of falls and issues including frailty. To find out about local classes contact the Crookwell Wellness Centre on 4837 5000 or Niccola on 0419 215 011.

For more information on how to stay active and healthy to prevent falls, head to the Active and Healthy NSW website - www.activeandhealthy.nsw.gov.au

  • This media article brought to you by the Crookwell Hospital Community Consultation Committee.