Essay On Frail Older Adults

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This morning you probably got out of bed, used the bathroom, brushed your teeth, made yourself something for breakfast and ate it. These are a few examples of activities of daily living (ADLs) that frail older adults may not be capable of doing. During the week, you probably had to pay a bill, go grocery shopping or make a phone call. These are examples of instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs). When an older adult can't do one of these activities they are considered a frail older adult (Kail and Cavanaugh, 2010). ADLs and IADLs are very similar to each other because they are activities that an adult is expected to do on their own every day. An adult is expected to take care of themselves like being able to take a shower and going to the store to buy groceries for the house. In order to live …show more content…
According to Brault, it has increased from 7.6% of adult's age sixty-five to sixty-nine to 29.2% of adults over eighty-years-old (Kail and Cavanaugh, 2010). Frail older adults suffer more than just loss of ADLs and IADLs they are more prone to having high anxiety disorders and depression. They tend to be more depressed if they are living in a long-term care facility (Kail and Cavanaugh, 2010). This is understandable because they lose their house, belongings, etc.… They can only bring clothes and a few things to hang on the wall and that's it. Imagine if you tomorrow you didn't have anything but a few sets of clothes some family pictures and maybe your recliner you may become depressed too. A positive thing to do to help frail older adults is exercise. The exercise will help them improve their quality of life. Also, if a long-term care facility is one of the considered options try to pick one that best matches the person's competence and environmental demand (Kail and Cavanaugh, 2010). Another positive thing for frail old adults is finding hobbies that they enjoy and can still

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