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Frailty is a health problem that happens to many older people. It means that a person's health is fragile. This makes it difficult for a person to heal from things like a fall, an illness, or surgery.

People who are frail usually have low energy. They may have trouble with daily tasks and activities. For example, it may be hard for them to climb stairs or get out of a chair.

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