One of the challenges faced by our societies is to preserve physical function and independent living with advancing age. Frailty is a clinical syndrome frequently anticipating the onset of disability. Common clinical manifestations of frailty are unintentional weight loss, loss of muscle strength, self-reported exhaustion, slow walking speed, and low physical activity. Differently from disability, frailty may still be reversible. Frailty is highly prevalent at old age, and its early detection should be encouraged. Once frailty is detected and the underlying causes of it identified, an adapted multi-domain care program can be established.
The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics – Global Aging Research Network (IAGG-GARN) has produced an awareness video aimed at informing individuals over 65 years about the signs of frailty. This video is available in English and several other languages.