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  1. Migliarese, Sara PhD, PT, NCS
  2. Smith, Nancy PT, DPT, GCS
  3. Annas, Austin BS, SPT
  4. Healy, Catherine BS, SPT


Methods: Participants older than 50 years were recruited for frailty screenings and a 6-week exercise intervention. Participants were screened using grip strength, Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy Fatigue Scale, and the Short Physical Performance Battery.


Results: Seventy-six adults were screened, with 62 meeting criteria for frailty (81.6%). Thirty-four adults (mean age = 64.9, range 50-104, 26% < 65) received exercise intervention. Significant increases in Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy Fatigue Scale (P = .042), grip strength (P < .001), and Short Physical Performance Battery (P < .001) were found.


Conclusion(s): Medically underserved individuals may have a higher prevalence and earlier onset of frailty and respond favorably to exercise.