Current Geriatrics Reports

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 135–141 | Cite as

Aging, Fatigue, and Fatigability: Implications for Occupational and Physical Therapists

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation (J Richardson, Section Editor)


Fatigue is a common yet complex symptom among older adults that is linked to interference with daily activity performance and reduced quality of life. Although fatigue is not routinely evaluated or treated by health care providers, rehabilitation can play a key role in addressing fatigue in older adults. This paper provides a review about fatigue in older adults and discusses current assessment and treatment options for occupational and physical therapists.


Fatigue Fatigability Older adults Frailty Disability Participation Rehabilitation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Research Health Science Specialist, VA Ann Arbor Health Care System, GRECCUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Division of Occupational Science and Occupational TherapyUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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