Nearly 40 per cent of older Australians fell into the pre-frail category.
Nearly 40 per cent of older Australians fell into the pre-frail category.

Online test a 'game changer' in beating frailty: Government

FEAR of frailty could soon be a thing of the past with the help of the Australian Government and a simple online quiz.

According to new research, older Australians, especially women, are the most vulnerable to frailty which, in turn, makes them more susceptible to "fall injuries, deteriorating health and premature death".

The results show that nearly 40 per cent of older Australians fell into the pre-frail category.

But the Turnbull Government have launched a new weapon to combat frailty: FRAIL.

"Frailty detection is a game-changer in helping senior Australians enjoy a healthier and more active future," Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said.

"By taking the simple FRAIL five-point online test and following up with your GP as necessary, people have the opportunity to detect frailty before it hits, allowing them to take action to live better lives, remain in their own homes for longer and avoid potential hospitalisation.

"(Research) results show frailty is not present in all seniors surveyed, suggesting it is not an inevitable result of ageing and may be prevented or treated," said Minister Wyatt.

"Importantly, the study recommends that with the right support at the right time, frailty can be halted or even reversed by consulting with health professionals for safe, simple, inexpensive, practical interventions."

The FRAIL test is available through the Positive Ageing Resource Centre website where, at the conclusion of the brief questionnaire, users can print off a personal summary to present to their health professional.

Minister Wyatt was quick to encourage older Australian to take the test.

"We know Australians overwhelmingly want to remain in their own homes for as long as possible and that staying strong and healthy is the best way to achieve this," he said.

"Early intervention strategies like the FRAIL test are critical and can also contribute to a more sustainable and efficient aged care system."


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