FRAILTY PART 4

FRAILTY PART 4

Healthspan The desirability of decreasing the period of dependency at the end of life cannot be overstated. We are living longer but as our lives extend so also do the years of end-of-life illness and dependency. These are the characteristic of frailty. We should...
FRAILTY PART 3

FRAILTY PART 3

Age and Physical fitness Cardiorespiratory fitness increases through childhood to reach its peak by late teens to early twenties. But once you have a sitting down job it starts to decline and does so steadily over the next few decades – by between 1 and 2% a...
FRAILTY PART 2

FRAILTY PART 2

Frailty and Physical Fitness Several surveys have highlighted the low level of fitness in the general population and all confirm the progressive reduction which occurs with increasing age. However physical capacity becomes increasingly important as age increases. For...
FRAILTY PART 1

FRAILTY PART 1

The genesis of Frailty For the past six months I have been writing about all the degenerative diseases which assail us as the years go by. These are the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) which wear us down and, if they don’t kill us by then, lead to FRAILTY...
EXERCISE AND DISEASE

EXERCISE AND DISEASE

It is time to talk about the health-giving properties of regular exercise and of high levels of cardio-respiratory fitness. Today’s post is an introduction to the idea that your long term health depends upon avoiding the degenerative diseases of later life which...
PREVENTING FRAILTY

PREVENTING FRAILTY

Frailty and physical fitness Frailty is mainly the result of an accumulation of long-term physical inactivity and one or more of the degenerative diseases associated with ageing. These are all promoted by lack of exercise and thus the main risk factor for the...