What is Frailty and How to Beat It

Frail is a common adjective used for old people. Personally, I don’t like the word frail or frailty. For me if you say someone is frail, he or she be like a delicate china doll that you need to bubble wrap ten times. Contrary to common belief, frailty is not caused by aging. Studies show that frailty in old age is a common result of inactive lifestyle. It is not caused by disease or the natural degeneration of your body. You can be old and still have that youthful zest.

But what exactly is frailty? Frailty is a condition that is characterized by muscle weakness, low physical activity, slow walking, unexplained weight loss and exhaustion. Having these signs and symptoms can mean a whole lot in your overall health. However, there are some ways that can help you beat frailty. Here are some tips that you may want to check out.

Staying active. Staying active for the elderly can mean a lot of things. Most often than not, when you reach a certain age, the norm dictates that you stop working, avoid heavy lifting and other activities that make you exert force. However, maintaining a good work routine is essential to maintain your strength and overall health. There are a lot of activities for the elderly that are very therapeutic such as gardening or by simply doing house chores. Walking is also important. It does not only help you prevent certain diseases but is also essential to maintain your strength and endurance.

Vitamin D supplementation. Studies show that older adults with normal levels of Vitamin lived longer than those individuals that are found to have Vitamin D deficiency. As we all know, Vitamin D is an important micronutrient that affects muscle and bone health. Regular monitoring of Vitamin D in older adults is highly recommended for proper intervention. Aside from supplementation, you can also get Vitamin D from natural sources. Fatty fish like tuna and salmon are considered as the best source of Vitamin D. You can also get Vitamin D through outdoor activities under the sun.

Use your Brain. Aside from Vitamin D supplementation and outdoor activities, it is also important to engage in different mental activities. What’s the use of having that youthful zest if you really don’t know what is happening around you? Puzzles, reading, and conversations are essential ingredients for mental health and well-being.

For older adults, the goal is not just to live more than a hundred but to live a long and healthy so that you can enjoy life to the fullest.