Single and divorced men are nearly four times more likely to be frail in old age, new research suggests.
Elderly men improve their frailty status by 3.6 times if they are coupled-up, a study found.
Improving their leg strength and being in otherwise good health also boosts their mobility, the research adds.
Yet, suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) or diabetes, and being unable to perform everyday tasks, makes frailty worse, the study found.
Researchers recommend people prevent frailty by doing leg-strengthening activities, maintaining good overall health and enhancing their social support network.