​Muscle loss in the Elderly - Doctor Q&A

Loss of muscle is a main cause of falls in the elderly, and brings with it a host of health issues including frailty and disability.

In fact, by the age of 70, you can expect to lose up to 25 per cent of your muscles due to ageing. (Read the article here)

But what are the symptoms of muscle loss to look out for? Are there ways to minimise muscle loss? And when should medical help be sought?

Adj Asst Prof Samuel Chew, Senior Consultant, from the Department of Geriatric Medicine at Changi General Hospital (CGH), a member of the SingHealth group, is here to answer your questions about muscle loss in the elderly and senior's health.

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About Adj Asst Prof Samuel Chew

Dr Samuel Chew is a senior consultant at the Geriatric Medicine Department, Changi General Hospital (CGH) and Adj Asst Professor of Medicine with Yong Loo Ling School of Medicine.

He is a tutor for the Centre of Healthcare Simulation at NUS and the Geriatric Medicine Modular Training Program, Academy of Medicine Singapore and Chapter of Geriatrician, College of Physicians Singapore. Dr Chew is also faculty member for the SingHealth Residency Program in Geriatric Medicine, Internal Medicine and Family Medicine.

Dr Chew has a deep passion in delivering evidence-based individualised care for the elderly, teaching undergraduate students and postgraduate trainees, and the application of technology in the real world healthcare setting. Clinical work includes acute geriatric medicine, geriatric rehabilitation and discharge planning, management of multi-morbidity in the acute and ambulatory setting, pressure injury prevention and nutrition in the elderly. He is also a member of the National Telemedicine Guideline Review Committee.

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