1. Very Fit– People who are robust, active, energetic and motivated. These people commonly exercise regularly. They are among the fittest for their age.
7. Severely Frail – Completely dependent for personal care, from whatever cause (physical or cognitive). Even so, they seem stable and not at high risk of dying (within – 6 months).
8. Very Severely Frail – Completely dependent. Approaching the end of life. Typically they could not recover even from a minor illness.
9. Terminally Ill –Approaching the end of life. This category applies to people with a life expectancy <6 months, who are not otherwise evidently frail.
Canadian Study on Health & Aging, Revised 2008.
K. Rockwood et al. A global clinical measure of fitness and frailty in elderly people. CMAJ 2005;173:489-495.
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