Article from Professor Anne Hendry and colleagues from ADVANTAGE JA on frailty out on the International Journal of integrated care.
Frailty affects around 11% of people over 65 years living in the community and is progressively more and more acknowledged as a public health priority. It is a complex and dynamic combination of clinical symptoms that can lead to increased risk of disability, hospitalisation, long term care or death. Moreover, frailty impacts not only on the frail individual, but also on the lives of their families and caregivers. We know that frailty can be prevented, delayed and managed to improve health and reduce disability. In a recently published article, Professor Anne Hendry and colleagues from ADVANTAGE JA highlighted that a holistic and integrated approach to frailty is needed, including patient and caregiver education, empowerment and timely assessment and rehabilitation tailored to the person’s needs and circumstances. In all care settings, this approach should combine different health professionals’ expertise for comprehensive assessment and interventions that improve physical, psychological, cognitive and social function and wellbeing. . In this context, ADVANTAGE JA, co-funded by the European Union and 22 Member States, plays a key role in advancing knowledge on prevention and management of frailty, towards a common European approach for addressing frailty.