The five-point online test was developed following an Australian study, funded by the Australian Government and conducted by aged care provider Benetas, that showed that an early intervention approach to frailty could help seniors live independently for longer.
Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt AM said the Frailty in Community Dwelling Older People – Using Frailty Screening as the Canary in the Coal Mine study outlines a life-changing opportunity.
“Frailty detection is a game-changer in helping senior Australians enjoy a healthier and more active future,” said Minister Wyatt.
“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.
“People classed as frail are more at risk from fall injuries, deteriorating health and premature death.”
The study took 3,000 home-dwelling seniors aged 65 and over through the FRAIL Questionnaire Screening Tool test, targeting Fatigue, Resistance, Ambulation, Illnesses and Loss of weight (FRAIL).
The study found:
“The 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. At the conclusion of the brief questionnaire, you will receive a personal summary that you can discuss with your health professional.
This blog first appeared on Seasons Aged Care’s blog.