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Age Ageing. 2010 Mar;39(2):197-203. doi: 10.1093/ageing/afp204. Epub 2009 Dec 8.

Prevalence and correlates of frailty among community-dwelling older men and women: findings from the Hertfordshire Cohort Study.

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MRC Epidemiology Resource Centre, University of Southampton, UK.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

frailty, a multi-dimensional geriatric syndrome, confers a high risk for falls, disability, hospitalisation and mortality. The prevalence and correlates of frailty in the UK are unknown.

METHODS:

frailty, defined by Fried, was examined among community-dwelling young-old (64-74 years) men (n = 320) and women (n = 318) who participated in the Hertfordshire Cohort Study, UK.

RESULTS:

the prevalence of frailty was 8.5% among women and 4.1% among men (P = 0.02). Among men, older age (P = 0.009), younger age of leaving education (P = 0.05), not owning/mortgaging one's home (odds ratio [OR] for frailty 3.45 [95% confidence interval {CI} 1.01-11.81], P = 0.05, in comparison with owner/mortgage occupiers) and reduced car availability (OR for frailty 3.57 per unit decrease in number of cars available [95% CI 1.32, 10.0], P = 0.01) were associated with increased odds of frailty. Among women, not owning/mortgaging one's home (P = 0.02) was associated with frailty. With the exception of car availability among men (P = 0.03), all associations were non-significant (P > 0.05) after adjustment for co-morbidity.

CONCLUSIONS:

frailty is not uncommon even among community-dwelling young-old men and women in the UK. There are social inequalities in frailty which appear to be mediated by co-morbidity.

PMID:
20007127
PMCID:
PMC3546311
DOI:
10.1093/ageing/afp204
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