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Frailty—a syndrome of weakness, fatigue, and declining physical activity—is one of the major contributors to seniors’ loss of independence. There are different causes of frailty for different ...

Frailty—a syndrome of weakness, fatigue, and declining physical activity—is one of the major contributors to seniors’ loss of independence. There are different causes of frailty for different people. A health crisis, like a heart attack or stroke, may be responsible. In other seniors, weight loss and falls may signal frailty.

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  • Fear of Frailty Lack of Activity Threatens Seniors’ Independence
  • What is Frailty?
    • Frailty is defined as a syndrome of weakness, fatigue and decline in physical activity.
      • For some, frailty results from a heart attack or stroke.
      • Another might experience falls and weight loss.
      • Frailty can rob seniors of their independence.
  • The Research
    • Research Conducted for the Home Instead Senior Care Network:
    • 74 percent of seniors 65 and older say that staying physically active is a major challenge.
    • 81 percent of adult caregivers listed staying physically active as a top challenge for seniors.
    • 90 percent of seniors say their greatest fear is loss of independence.
    • Source:
    • The Boomer Project (wwww.boomerproject.com) completed online interviews with 523 seniors and 1,279 adult caregivers, ages 35-62, with a parent, stepparent or older relative for whom they or someone in their household provides care.
  • The Expert
    • Dr. Stephanie Studenski, director of clinical research for the University of Pittsburgh Institute on Aging.
    • She has researched frailty and interviewed family caregivers and health care professionals.
  • Get Mom Moving
    • Dr. Studenski says frailty can be prevented and even reversed.
    • Home Instead Senior Care Get Mom Moving Activity Cards and Web site ( www.getmommoving.com ) can help.
    • Cards feature activities for the mind, body and soul (or social life.)
  • A Mind Activity
    • Change direction
    • If a senior has a regular route to the store, encourage her to try a different way.
    • Change a home routine, like asking him to read the paper at a different time.
    • Open doors and brush teeth with the opposite hand.
    • These activities help brains re-think tasks.
  • Warning Signs
    • The Warning Signs of Frailty:
    • Change
    • Inactivity
    • Slowing Down
    • Loss of appetite and weight
    • Unsteadiness
  • Senior Fear Factors
    • Loss of independence
    • Declining health
    • Running out of money
    • Not being able to live at home
    • Death of a spouse or family member
    • Inability to manage activities of daily living
    • Not being able to drive
    • Isolation or loneliness
    • Strangers caring for them
    • Fear of falling or hurting themselves
  • Education and Resources
    • Education is the greatest defense and so is support.
    • The resources:
    • Get Mom Moving Activity Cards
    • www.getmommoving.com
  • To Learn More
    • If you’d like to learn more about our services, or if you’re interested in employment as a Home Instead CAREGiver, please contact my office – a local, independently owned and operated Home Instead Senior Care ® franchise.
    • Questions and Answers