Towards a strenghts-based approach in multidimensional frailty: Conceptualisation and screening of frailty, and contributors to daily functioning in old age

Anne van der Vorst

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Most elderly people want to stay in their familiar surroundings for as long as possible. It is therefore important to identify and respond to the challenges to well-being, such as vulnerability, as early as possible. This dissertation found that the identification of vulnerability by caregivers and general practitioners leads to different results than when the perspectives of older people themselves are taken into account. It also found that vulnerability can be expressed in different ways, which suggests the importance of looking at specific functioning interventions on the individual level. Finally, this dissertation revealed that vulnerable elderly people can still enjoy a good quality of life. The factors that contribute to this serve as the starting points for improving the well-being of this population group.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Schols, Jos, Supervisor
  • Kempen, G.I.J.M., Supervisor
  • De Witte, N., Supervisor, External person
  • Zijlstra, G.A.R., Co-Supervisor
Award date6 Dec 2018
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789463750370
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • vulnerability
  • conceptualisation
  • identification
  • quality of life

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