Changing the way "we" view and talk about frailty…

Age Ageing. 2017 May 1;46(3):349-351. doi: 10.1093/ageing/afw224.


This commentary discusses the perception of frailty by different key stakeholders-most notably older people. It considers the need to integrate predominantly medically driven understandings of frailty within a wider conceptual framework. This is imperative if the potential of frailty as a construct, around which the optimisation of health and well-being of older people can take place, is to be realised.

Keywords: Change; Epidemiology; Longevity; Physical function; Sarcopenia.

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Aging* / psychology
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Frail Elderly*
  • Frailty / diagnosis*
  • Frailty / epidemiology
  • Frailty / physiopathology
  • Frailty / psychology
  • Geriatric Assessment
  • Humans
  • Perception
  • Public Opinion
  • Terminology as Topic*