Mini Symposium on Sarcopenia and Frailty – Assessment, Prevalence and Prevention

Videos of speakers from a 2016 symposium organized by ILSI Southeast Asia Region highlight options for mitigating the effects of aging. 

Mini Symposium on Sarcopenia and Frailty – Assessment, Prevalence and Prevention

Singapore, Singapore
12 June 2016


Sarcopenia is commonly used to describe the loss of muscle mass accompanying aging. Frailty is a broader term which represents a geriatric syndrome defined by a number of different classification criteria, including sarcopenia, decreased physiological reserve and homeostatic dysregulation. The increasing prevalence of sarcopenia and frailty in Singapore is due to the rise in aging population. Poor dietary intake and nutrition status, especially inadequate intake of good quality protein, among the aging population are making them more prone to frailty and sarcopenia. Dietary protein is essential for healthy aging and to address the risks of sarcopenia and frailty.

With this in mind, ILSI SEA Region organized this event to discuss the assessment, prevalence, biological and clinical factors issues surrounding sarcopenia and frailty in Singapore; and importance of adequate intake and proper daily distribution of good quality dietary protein for healthy aging and prevention of sarcopenia and frailty.

Program and Speakers’ Profile

Summary Report


Singapore Assessment for Frailty in Elderly
Dr. Rahul Malhotra
Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore

Frailty and Sarcopenia in Singaporeans: Prevalence, Biological and Clinical Factors, and Interventions
Prof. Tze Pin Ng
National University of Singapore, Singapore

Protein Requirement and Distribution for Muscle Health and Reduction of Sarcopenia
Dr. Douglas Paddon-Jones
University of Texas Medical Branch, USA