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In brief: ‘Frailty’ takes on added urgency in today’s senior population

November 10, 2020

Nearly two decades ago, researchers predicted the coming wave of “boomers” would be the first group of seniors whose onset of old age would not be synonymous with frailty.

While today’s emerging seniors are unquestionably healthier than their predecessors, most still struggle with the inevitable consequences of bodies exposed to lifetimes of stress and abuse, notably muscle weakness, exhaustion and weight loss. The condition confounds most medical researchers. The journal Lancet describes frailty as “the most problematic expression of population aging” today.

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