Feelings of fatigue predict death within 3 years in older adults, study claims

  • An older person’s fatigue levels after undertaking certain activities for a specified amount of time can predict the likelihood that the individual’s death is less than 3 years away.
  • Older adults who scored the highest on the Pittsburgh Fatigability Scale (PFS) were more than twice as likely to die in the following 2.7 years compared to their counterparts who scored lower.
  • The study’s authors administered the Pittsburgh Fatigability Scale to nearly 3,000 participants age 60 or older.

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Written by Beth JoJack on January 27, 2022

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