Triggers of decline precipitate a decline in physical, cognitive, or mental health for otherwise healthy older adults living in the community. They are more than the risks older adults face individually, like poor mobility, malnutrition or chronic illnesses. They can also result from challenges older adults face in the context of their families and communities, such as weak social networks and caregiver stress, within the health care system, and at the societal level, including lack of transportation and medication mismanagement. These triggers can occur suddenly or they can build over time, and they often overlap and compound one another.
Focus Area: Vulnerable Older Adults
Date Published: November 1, 2015