Living with Frailty
Over 1.5 million older Canadians live with frailty. Frailty is a condition of reduced function and health in older individuals. Older adults with frailty are more susceptible to large declines in health from minor illnesses, such as the flu or falls, and are more likely to be hospitalized, need long term care or die. As Canada ages, it is estimated that by 2030 the number of older Canadians living with frailty will rise to over 2 million.
But it is not just older adults who are affected by frailty, it is also their family and friend caregivers. According to the Research on Aging, Policies and Practice group at the University of Alberta, 5.4 million caregivers in Canada are caring for an older adult (aged 65 and over) with a long term health problem, disability or age-related condition.
On top of this, frailty places large burdens on health and social care systems to meet the growing demand. As life expectancy increases and baby boomers move into their senior years, Canada’s population has aged and is continuing to do so. This means more Canadians may require assistance and care related to aging, now and into the future.
The Canadian Frailty Network recognizes this shift and the needs of older adults living with frailty and their family and friend caregivers. This page is a resource hub to help you navigate “living with frailty.” Stay tuned for more updates and information as we continue developing this section of our website.