The last two centuries, the increased life expectancy has led to a shift in the age distribution towards higher ages, in high-income countries. Although the total number of older people is increasing and people reach a higher age, the additional life years are not always healthy years. As a consequence, both individuals and society have to deal with age-related health problems including chronic diseases, cognitive decline, social isolation and disabilities in daily functioning. As Clegg and coauthors recently stressed in the Lancet, eventually, the accumulation of such problems may lead to the onset of frailty, a phenomenon receiving increased attention in both science and health care. Frail individuals are more likely to deteriorate in their daily functioning, develop mobility limitations, are more often hospitalized, develop more often chronic diseases and have shorter survival probabilities. With increased longevity, the number of frail older persons is increasing, making frailty one of the major health care problems in high-income countries.

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Erasmus University Rotterdam
The work presented in this thesis was funded by The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) and financially supported by healthcare organization for people with intellectual disabilities: Amarant (Tilburg), Abrona (Huis ter Heide) and Ipse de Bruggen (Zwammerdam) Printing of this thesis was financially supported by: Opa’s & Oma’s Erasmus MC, Universitair Medisch Centrum Rotterdam Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition.
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Schoufour, J.D. (2015, June 16). Frailty in People with Intellectual Disabilities. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/78244