Frailty and sarcopenia: From theory to clinical implementation and public health relevance

Published: 1 August 2016
Author(s): Matteo Cesari, Alessandro Nobili, Giovanni Vitale
Issue: August 2016
Section: Narrative Review

The sustainability of healthcare systems is threatened by the increasing (absolute and relative) number of older persons referring to clinical services. Such global phenomenon is questioning the traditional paradigms of medicine, pushing towards the need of new criteria at the basis of clinical decision algorithms. In this context, frailty has been advocated as a geriatric condition potentially capable of overcoming the weakness of chronological age in the identification of individuals requiring adapted care due to their increased vulnerability to stressors.