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Arch Hellen Med, 39(2), March-April 2022, 174-180


Frailty syndrome and falls in the elderly population

M. Santikai,1 V. Vasiliou,1 G. Gioftsos,1 I. Patsaki1,2
1Department of Physical Therapy, School of Health Care Sciences, University of West Attica, Athens,
2Office of Physiotherapy, "Evaggelismos" General Hospital of Athens, Athens, Greece

The aging of the population has led to an increase in the prevalence of aging syndromes and disorders. Two of the most common disorders in the elderly are injuries from falls, and frailty. Frailty syndrome, with its significant effects on both the health of the geriatric population and the health system, has become a particularly serious problem for modern societies. The prevalence of the syndrome is expected to increase with the rapid growth of the aging population. The syndrome is characterized by a decrease in the normal functioning of various systems of the body. Its clinical features include reduced physical activity, strength and endurance, and impaired balance. In recent years, the concept of frailty has been recognized as a condition that is associated with serious consequences for the geriatric population, including falls, with increased morbidity and mortality. In the context of prevention and treatment of the negative effects of the syndrome, it is necessary for elderly people to adopt a more active lifestyle, with particular emphasis on exercise and recreational activities that promote movement.

Key words: Falls, Frailty syndrome, Geriatric population.

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