Wednesday, 15 May 2019
Number of frail patients on the rise in Singapore: NHG
The number of frail patients here has increased by 35.5%, going from 36,208 in 2010 to 49,092 in 2017.
Associate Professor Reshma Merchant, head of the Geriatric Medicine division at the National University Hospital, highlighted five symptoms of frailty.
They are: Unintended weight loss of 5% or more within six to 12 months, a general feeling of exhaustion three or more days a week, a slow walking speed, muscle weakness and low levels of physical activity.
Those who experience one or two of the above symptoms are considered pre-frail.