frail elder

frail el·der

(frāl el'dĕr)
Colloquial usage (considered offensive by some patients) for a very old person who may experience difficulties with activities of daily living due to disease or overall decrepitude.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
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One of the fastest growing diagnoses is debility in the frail elder due to multiple comorbidities, but this can no longer be used as the primary terminal diagnosis.
The revised stages will be Infancy, Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood, Active Elder, and Frail Elder. Boomers are determined to lengthen the Active Elder stage and shorten the Frail Elder stage.
It requires dietary restrictions when a frail elder already may not be eating well.
She added it will also allow acute medicine to focus on the increasing number of frail elder people, working with colleagues to reduce medical patients outlying and improving discharge processes.
Moreover, the strain on households is only exacerbated when employment by both spouses is a necessity and work schedules have to be adjusted to care for a frail elder.
And the needs of the frail elder y, who need compassionate, comprehensive and coordinated care, are not lost in the shuffle among care settings
(In fact, there was no ability to do otherwise until the advent of antibiotics in the 1930's) Before the widespread use of antibiotics, it was said that "Pneumonia is the old person's friend." Death, in those days, often came to a frail elder at home and within days or weeks of an infection in a body already weakened by years of near normal functioning.
Montessori detects in every child a yearning for enough room to grow and to achieve; Therapeutic Engagement detects in a frail elder a yearning for purpose, self-worth, and recognition of one's accomplishments.
The authors point out that this "aging" group can really be divided into two, healthy elders (or seniors or older adults, whichever term you feel comfortable using) and frail elders. The "frail elder" group is the fastest growing segment of our population in the United States.
As individuals, our lab volunteers' deeds may never attract the same amount of public admiration as did this nun who became Mother Teresa, * but I would wager that, in their travels, each of them has become the world to one child, one mother, one frail elder in need of their skills and services.
Attention to immunizations may be even more important to a frail elder's health in an institutional setting: vaccinations historically have been overlooked in this group, and certainly revaccination could be even more easily missed.
She receives assistance: with one ADL only; however, she is a frail elder and the company is paying benefits under the medically necessary trigger.