• Vol. 48 No. 1
  • 15 January 2019

Translating the Science of Frailty in Singapore: Results from the National Frailty Consensus Discussion

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Frailty is an age-related risk state characterised by
multisystem deficits with loss of physiologic reserves,
which increase the vulnerability of older adults such that
even trivial stressor events can lead to a higher risk of
negative health-related outcomes.1 Against the backdrop of
population ageing, the prevalence of frailty in communitydwelling
older adults in the Asia-Pacific region is expected
to increase exponentially from the current reported figures
of 3.5% to 27%.2 The incremental effect on ambulatory
health expenditure approximates an additional 750 Euros
per person per year even for people with the very mildest
degree of frailty (sometimes called ‘prefrailty’), and doubles
to 1500 Euros per person per year for those with varying
degrees of clinically apparent frailty.3 Not surprisingly, the
burgeoning number of people living with frailty has been
described as an emerging public health priority.

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