Why do older adults grow frail?
Because they grow old--but not only this. We all know, or we recognize as researchers, that some octogenarians thrive, while others ten years younger are highly vulnerable.
Our field of gerontology often asks a different question: How should an older adult's frailty influence the care we provide them? That's important. So also, though, is to treat the frailty itself: truly treat, and not just ameliorate symptoms. This is what any one of us would wish if we were frail—to not be as frail anymore. Continue Reading