Wish the energy of youth could be bottled? You’re not alone. Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms among older adults that can hold us back from living our best life, but it doesn’t have to.
Different for everyone
Some people describe fatigue as a lack of energy or just plain tiredness. Others think of it as being mentally or physically exhausted.
Experts know that some people experience fatigue due to underlying health issues such as Parkinson’s disease or cancer treatment. Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea may also be to blame. Even some medications like antidepressants and antihistamines can zap our energy.
But health issues aren’t the only cause of fatigue. Many people feel tired due to unhealthy lifestyle habits.
Increase your energy
The good news is that there are ways to boost your energy and feel better. In addition to talking with your health care provider to rule out any medical issues, here’s some ways you can increase your energy:
- Exercise - Regular physical activity helps improve your energy levels. It doesn’t have to be strenuous. Take a walk. Join a tai chi class. Start slowly and work up to 150 minutes of physical activity per week.
- Practice Good Sleep Habits - Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. Avoid naps longer than 30 minutes. Turn off electronics at least a half-hour before bedtime. And keep your bedroom dark and cool.
- Fuel Up - Eat lots of fruits and vegetables and opt for whole grains and lean meats. Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration—a cause of fatigue. And avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks.
- Get Engaged - Make a plan to add fun activities to your day. Volunteer at an organization. Join a book club. Teach your grandkids something new.
Fight fatigue with our healthcare experts
We all change as we age, and so do our healthcare needs. Touro's Senior Care experts offer comprehensive services to care for any medical condition you may have - from routine checkups to advanced therapies.
Learn more about Touro's Senior Care services at touro.com/seniorcare.
Dr. Jennifer Driver specializes in Family Medicine at Crescent City Physicians, Inc., a subsidiary of Touro Infirmary. After earning her medical degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, Dr. Driver completed residency at East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie, Louisiana. Dr. Driver is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.
“I have always tried to keep a commitment to my health and given primary care’s role in prevention and wellness, family medicine seemed like a natural fit for me. I truly enjoy establishing relationships with my patients, helping them achieve their goals and make informed decisions. The level of engagement that I experience in my work is a great privilege and every day is different so there is no shortage for learning opportunities. I’m also drawn to the continuous nature that family medicine provides. I am eager to work across disciplines to keep patients healthy, rather than react when they get sick and hopefully, help them to not only live longer but live well.”