Deconditioning may stem from inactivity or bed rest. It affects important body systems and results in reduced functional capacity. Elderly individuals are particularly vulnerable to becoming deconditioned. Risk factors for deconditioning include illness, disability, chronic disease, medications, and psychosocial circumstances. Deconditioned individuals present multiple physical and psychosocial signs and symptoms. Prevention of deconditioning requires a multifaceted approach that includes walking, turning and positioning, nutrition, medical management, and psychologic support.
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