It would be incorrect to assume that excessive fatigue is a natural part of growing old. In many cases, feeling tired all the time is a symptom of an underlying health condition. The following are a few of the most common causes of fatigue in the elderly.
Many seniors take multiple medications that have fatigue as a side effect. The most common drugs that cause fatigue include blood pressure medications, statins for high cholesterol, antihistamines, antipsychotics, and antidepressants. To prevent fatigue, make sure the doctor is aware of all the medications your loved one is taking. You can also talk to the doctor about adjusting the dosage or switching medications.
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2. Sleep Disorders
Several health conditions, ranging from chronic pain to dementia, can prevent older adults from getting a good night’s sleep. Your loved one may also be too embarrassed to tell the doctor about his or her pain, increased forgetfulness, or snoring. Encourage your loved one to tell the doctor about all the issues affecting his or her sleep so he or she can be referred for testing and diagnosis.
3. Nutritional Deficiencies
Limited mobility, medications, and health conditions can make it difficult for seniors to physically prepare meals and enjoy their food. This can lead to vitamin B and other nutritional deficiencies. Instead of serving three big meals during the day, serve four to six small meals and snacks to help your loved one maintain energy. Your loved one may also benefit from a nutritional supplement drink with meals for additional calories and nutrients.
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Anaemia occurs when the body does not have enough red blood cells. The lack of red blood cells forces the body to work harder to get oxygen to the muscles and vital organs, which can lead to fatigue. To prevent anaemia, make sure your loved one eats iron-rich foods such as green leafy vegetables, beans, iron-fortified grains, red meat, poultry, and pork. Encourage your loved one to eat foods rich in vitamin C to help the body absorb the iron.
Seniors, especially those with dementia, have a decreased sense of thirst and are at an increased risk of dehydration. Not drinking enough fluids can cause fatigue and even affect mental alertness. Unless your loved one has been advised by a doctor to restrict fluid intake, encourage him or her to drink small amounts of water every couple of hours.
Isolation, chronic illness, the loss of a spouse, and other life changes can contribute to depression in older adults. Depression can manifest physically in the form of excessive sleeping and chronic fatigue. A doctor can perform a screening to determine if your loved one is depressed and recommend appropriate treatments.
7. Cardiovascular or Pulmonary Disorders
Health conditions affecting blood flow or breathing can lead to a lack of energy and fatigue. Regular checkups with a doctor are the best way to identify cardiovascular and pulmonary issues while they can still be easily treated.
Living with a serious health condition can make it challenging for seniors to age in place. However, they can maintain a higher quality of life with the help of professional live-in care. Newcastle seniors can benefit from assistance with meal prep, bathing, transportation to the doctor’s office, medication reminders, and much more. If your loved one wants to lead a healthy life in the comfort of home, call Home Care Assistance at (02) 4089 3000 to speak with one of our qualified Care Managers and schedule a free in-home consultation.