Though frailty is associated with aging and the elderly, it can mean anyone who has a condition that is debilitating or causes cognitive impairment. Frailty is an actual medical condition, recognized by weakness, being thin and having no energy. Those who are frail tire easily. They also tend to walk slowly. Frailty is usually comprised of a number of underlying symptoms that lead to weakness and a higher risk of falls.
Since those who are frail risk falling more easily, they also suffer more serious consequences, due to their ill health. They usually have a difficult time recovering and any falls may eventually lead to their death.
How can we keep from becoming frail due to age?
- Exercise and anything that will help to strengthen muscles will help, since frailty is defined as muscle weakness, usually caused by inactivity.
- Walking will help to improve your balance, build muscles and strength while helping with mobility. It also provides mental health benefits.
- Strength of mind. For some, frailty is avoided through sheer willpower. Even after a serious illness or fall, they fully expect to recover and that mindset alone helps them become stronger.
Keep active. Several times a week, engage in physical activity. Walking with ankle weights can give an extra boost to building your muscle mass.
Eat well. Stick to a healthy diet. Some foods help to build muscle mass more than others. These include eggs, beets, beans, poultry, milk and cottage cheese.
Stay optimistic. Having a good outlook on life helps with many conditions and frailty is one of them.
Just like all of the other steps to aging well, avoiding frailty is a combination of being physically active, eating a healthy diet and having a good attitude. To read the full article on frailty in seniors, click here.