06 Dec '17, 4am

The health challenges women face as they get older

SINGAPORE: Singaporean women may outlive Singaporean men by six years, going by the latest World Health Statistics report by the World Health Organisation. But the extra years are not necessarily easy ones for them, according to the experts at the Health, Wealth & Relationships – Spotlight on Older Women symposium organised by Duke-NUS Medical School and Singapore Management University on Friday (Nov 24). FRAILTY IN WOMEN Frailty, for instance, affects women more than men, said Associate Professor Reshma Merchant, head and senior consultant with the geriatric medicine division at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at National University of Singapore. In a study on 1,051 adults with an average age of 71 in the northwestern part of Singapore, 37 per cent of them were found to be pre-frail, while 6.2 per cent of them were frail. Of the frail cohort, 46 per cent of them were ...

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