n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Comprehensive geriatric assessment : main article

Volume 25, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



With increasing age, there is an age-related increase in co-morbidity and disability. Ageing is a process that steadily reduces physiological reserve, resulting in diminished ability to compensate for the toll of illness. Illnesses accumulate with age and increase in severity and number. Frailty (a complex interplay of health and illness, attitudes, resources and dependence on others, leading to a decreased ability to withstand illness without loss of function) increases with age. A double burden of physiological decline and disease is associated with excess morbidity and resultant disability, i.e. difficulty performing simple physical and mental tasks necessary for daily life.

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