Frail Older Adults

Resources for Frail Older Adults

Frail older adults are people over age 65 years with cognitive and/or physical functional limitations that affect their ability to perform routine daily tasks independently, such as bathing, dressing, shopping, or preparing food. They often have multiple chronic conditions that exacerbate or lead to functional limitations. A high percentage of these people experience some cognitive impairment and advancing illness, and hence have help from family caregivers who also need support. As a result, they often need a combination of medical, behavioral, and personal care — often in home- or community-based settings — to help manage both their clinical, functional, and supportive service needs. Many benefit from conversations about how they define quality of life and goals of care.