Aging, frailty and complex networks

  title={Aging, frailty and complex networks},
  author={Arnold Mitnitski and A. D. Rutenberg and S. Farrell and Kenneth Rockwood},
When people age their mortality rate increases exponentially, following Gompertz’s law. Even so, individuals do not die from old age. Instead, they accumulate age-related illnesses and conditions and so become increasingly vulnerable to death from various external and internal stressors. As a measure of such vulnerability, frailty can be quantified using the frailty index (FI). Larger values of the FI are strongly associated with mortality and other adverse health outcomes. This association… CONTINUE READING