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What Are the Common Causes of Fatigue in Older Adults?

By Mary-Frances Walsh, 9:00 am on

Fatigue affects people of all ages, for different reasons, but it is not a normal part of aging. Fatigue in the elderly could be a sign that a bigger issue exists. Here are some of the common causes of fatigue among seniors. 

Stress 

Stress could lead to high levels of anxiety and even depression. However, too much stress can easily lead to fatigue in the golden years. When stress turns into worry, it ultimately causes despair. To prevent your loved one from becoming stressed, make sure he or she gets plenty of exercise, eats healthy, stays socially engaged, and learns how to manage frustration over things he or she cannot control. 

An aging adult with high energy levels is likely practicing a healthy lifestyle. If your elderly loved one needs help maintaining a high quality of life while aging in place, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of Sonoma County home care. Services our caregivers provide include transportation to and from medical appointments and social events, nutritious meal preparation, assistance with daily exercise, and help with everyday tasks like bathing, grooming, and light housekeeping.

Poor Blood Circulation 

When the blood vessels become blocked, seniors may experience limited blood flow to their feet, legs, hands, heart, and other areas of the body. An interruption to normal blood flow causes poor blood circulation, which could lead to fatigue due to a negative impact on the brain. To reduce the risk of poor blood circulation, your loved one should exercise regularly, follow a well-balanced diet, and stop smoking, in addition to making other healthy lifestyle choices. 

Sleep Disorders 

Chronic fatigue is caused by many health issues, including sleep disorders. A sleeping disorder could cause your loved one to be tired regardless of the time of day or night. Excessive daytime fatigue from a sleep disorder could lead to difficulty waking up in the morning, poor job performance, loss of appetite, and frequent napping. Taking stimulants, maintaining a consistent sleep schedule, avoiding caffeine, getting regular exercise, and limiting alcohol consumption may treat most sleep disorders. 

Seniors may have difficulty sleeping for a variety of reasons. Recovering from a stroke, managing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, and a variety of other health-related situations can make it difficult for a senior to continue living at home without someone there to help. Sonoma County, CA, live-in care professionals are trained to help seniors who need 24/7 assistance. With the help of a live-in caregiver, your elderly loved one can maintain a higher quality of life while aging in place.

Chronic Inflammation 

The loss of lean tissues and impaired immune function are some of the things your loved one may experience due to aging. This leads to chronic inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis, which can cause fatigue. Inflammation could make your loved one feel tired due to the infiltration of immune cells into the brain. Eating anti-inflammatory foods is one of the ways your loved one can prevent this from happening. Your loved one can also exercise regularly, get a good night’s rest, and avoid products that increase his or her exposure to toxins, such as certain cleansers and personal care products. 

Lung Disease 

Seniors with lung disease experience a reduced airflow in their lungs as well as a reduced amount of oxygen supply in their bodies. Changes to the oxygen supply lead to fatigue, among other health problems. Staying healthy and exercising could help your loved one minimize the symptoms associated with lung disease. Positive lifestyle choices could also slow the progression of this disease.

Professional caregivers can help seniors exercise, stave off fatigue, and manage daily tasks. If your aging loved one needs occasional help with bathing, grooming, cooking, or other basic household tasks, or if you need time to attend to important personal matters, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of live-in and respite care. Sonoma County seniors can maintain their independence while living at home with the help of our reliable respite caregivers. To create a customized care plan to help your senior loved one age in place safely and comfortably, call one of our professional Care Managers at (707) 843.4368.