Frailty & Sarcopenia Burden
We will describe the impact of frailty (and sarcopenia) in terms of the prevalence and consequences of frailty. This will help increase awareness amongst consumers, service providers, funders and policy makers. It will also inform health service planning..
- Frailty and Health Outcomes
Lead Investigators: Masters Candidate Mr Mark Thompson, Professor Renuka Visvanathan, Dr Olga Theou and Professor Jonathan Karnon
In collaboration with the North West Adelaide Health Study Group, our research team has been investigating the prevalence and trajectory of frailty in South Australia. We will also be investigating the associations and long-term impact of frailty on health outcomes such as quality of life and disability.
Media Contact: Professor Renuka Visvanathan
- Sarcopenia and Health Outcomes
Lead Investigator: Associate Professor Solomon Yu
Sarcopenia is the loss of muscle mass and muscle performance and is associated with frailty. [Click to view a short video on sarcopenia]. As part of his PhD research, Assoc Prof Yu confirmed that the prevelance of sarcopenia in older South Australian men was 6.4% but higher at 8.5% in women. The prevalence increased with increasing age with almost one in five South Australians aged 80 years and older affected by Sarcopenia.
Under the supervision of Assoc Prof Yu, Dr Tsung Woo (TQEH Geriatrics Advanced Trainee) published a systematic review that highlighted that good quality and longitudinal studies where sarcopenia is defined as per consensus guidelines are required to determine the impact of sarcopenia on quality of life and other health issues are necessary. Dr Tsung Woo has followed through on his findings and is currently completing cross-sectional research to investigate the association between sarcopenia and quality of life.
In collaboration with Dr Nguyen from Vietnam, Assoc Prof Yu has also been investigating the association between sarcopenia and lung function in older South Australians.
The next steps of his research strategy are to investigate the longer-term impact of sarcopenia on health outcomes.
Media Contact: Associate Professor Solomon Yu