Understanding loss of muscle mass in people with sarcopenia
Ruth Sander Independent consultant, Care of the older person
Sarcopenia is a loss of muscle mass and strength measured by grip strength and speed of walking and it is experienced by 10-20% of those aged over 65. These people are at risk of social isolation, bone fracture, disability and hospital admission. Sarcopenia is associated with a reduction in the number of motor cells innervating limb muscles.
Nursing Older People. 30, 4,13-13. doi: 10.7748/nop.30.4.13.s10