Monitoring and assessment of functional ability and frailty status in older adults


Frailty is a health status that increases the risk and impact of adverse events and makes individuals more vulnerable to quick and sudden declines in functional ability. To assess whether an individual has frailty or is at risk of developing frailty there are many different clinical tools, both for screening and assessment. However, these clinical tools might not be suitable for the assessment of frailty within the community. In addition, monitoring the frailty status of the individual in the community is currently quite limited.

FrAilty Care and wEll-funcTion’ (FACET) focuses on the prevention of frailty by monitoring and improving health of older adults. It aims to increase the awareness of frailty amongst individuals and professionals and promote what people can do to prevent frailty. To achieve this, there are two core objectives:

  1. Offer a free online course ‘Recognizing and preventing frailty’.

Free materials will be produced and workshops delivered for clinicians and other professionals around functional ability assessment and frailty screening and assessment.

  1. Help individuals monitor and improve their functional ability, health and well-being

Develop an online platform for the individual to record diet, physical activity and assessment results, which allows the clinician to monitor the individual remotely.  In addition, potential molecules will be identified from urine that relate to frailty and track healthy ageing.

The project takes place during 2016-2018.  If you are a professional working with older adults and interested to find out more, or someone who is interested in taking part in this project as a research volunteer, please contact Dr Marco Arkesteijn, the principle investigator at WARU, via maa36@aber.ac.uk or call him at 01970 628559.

FACET Posters from WARU Launch Event