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Fighting frailty in older patients

Hislop, Joyce O. RN, OCN

doi: 10.1097/

Frailty—the loss of function, strength, and physiologic reserve—isn't an inevitable part of aging. Help your patients fight back against this debilitating condition by assessing them for frailty and intervening to reduce their risk of adverse outcomes, such as falls and fractures, hospitalizations, and increased healthcare costs.

Joyce Hislop is a retired nurse and freelance writer in Breinigsville, Pa.

The author has disclosed that she has no financial relationships related to this article.

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