Establishing Benchmarks for Quality Care for an Aging Population: Caring for Vulnerable Older Adults

Fried, Linda P.
November 2003
Annals of Internal Medicine;11/4/2003, Vol. 139 Issue 9, p784
Academic Journal
With aging physiologic resilience, or reserve, of the human organism gets decreased. Older adults often become frail, losing muscle mass, weight, energy, and activity. Although these conditions usually have many causes and are not classic diseases, they have serious consequences that can often be improved or avoided by specific preventive measures or treatments. Social or economic factors, health habits and lack of access to care can exacerbate these organic components to vulnerability. Finally, with aging comes a great shift in health goals along with health status. For many older adults, minimizing compromised function or disability and maximizing quality of life are sometimes more important than postponing death.


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