This week I’m going to share some information from my PhD work on frailty and Parkinson’s disease.
Frailty is considered highly prevalent in older adults and increases vulnerability to adverse outcomes (falls, disability, hospitalization, and mortality). Popular scientific definitions operationalized frailty as a phenotype or an accumulation of deficits. However, the concurrence of frailty and Parkinson’s is interesting because they overlap… begging the question: does PD make someone frail? does frailty worsen PD symptoms?
Find article here: Roland, Jakobi & Powell (2012). J Amer Geriatr Soc; 60(3), 590-592.
When looking at quality of life (QoL) indicators, we see that QoL score predicts frailty in persons with PD, especially mobility-related QoL and in females. What does this mean? … how well you move around in your day-to-day life (mobility) is the biggest indicator of frailty risk in persons with PD and that females with PD are more likely to be frail than males.
So, keeping active and mobile will lessen your risk for frailty, and keep you happier as you age with Parkinson’s ! much love.