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Frailty is a common age-related condition that occurs when several physiological systems lose reserve and function. All health and social care professionals need to be able to recognise frailty in their older patients and clients, and put in place an appropriate assessment and care plan. This article highlights the characteristic syndromes and features that should raise suspicion of frailty in health and social care professionals. It describes several detection and assessment tools available to them, and stresses the importance of comprehensive geriatric assessments and person-centred care plans in improving outcomes for people with frailty, thereby helping them to live well for longer.