According to many professionals who work with seniors, the loss of energy is something that unfortunately goes hand in hand with normal aging. Many seniors report that participation in tasks and events that were previously not a concern for them, have become more difficult, less interesting, and often lack the energy to participate in things that were once enjoyable. While in some cases a decrease in energy can be related to underlying medical conditions such as depression, or cardiac status. Any concerns that seniors have regarding their energy level should be discussed with your physician to determine the root causes of decreased physical abilities, or lack of interest.
While some aspects of aging and energy levels are considered normal, there are things that you can do naturally to increase your overall energy abilities and feel better and more engaged in daily life and surroundings.
Here are some things to consider as you address your overall energy output, and general wellbeing.
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
Proper hydration is essential for seniors, and caffeinated beverages should be avoided as this can decrease your hydration level.
INCREASE YOUR CARDIAC OUTPUT
For many of us, going out for a jog, swimming, or other forms of exercise can be very difficult. Many forms of exercise can be modified to allow for seniors to still increase their heart rate and get cardiac benefits even at a seated level. Extended exercise of the legs and arms while sitting can still increase
your heart rate and show benefits to your health without having to leave your home, or even your chair in the beginning.
By now we all know the health problems that go along with smoking. As for energy levels, smokers generally suffer from increased insomnia, and poorer lung capacity that those who do not smoke, and this contributes to overall energy levels.
CHANGE YOUR DIET
As seniors sometimes maintaining good nutrition level can be difficult not only due to reduced energy when it comes to shopping and meal preparation, and knowing which food provide you the best options when it comes to physical health. Often older adults show a decline in essential vitamins and minerals needed to enjoy optimum health. Decrease your level of carbohydrates as this can make you feel sluggish and tired, while increased proteins such as lean meats, eggs and cheese are known to boost energy.
HAVE A BEDTIME ROUTINE
Having a set routine at bedtime can be very beneficial to getting the best nights sleep, which in turn helps with your physical and emotional strength. Avoid watching TV prior to bedtime, along with avoiding any other distractions in the bedroom at night. It is also recommended that you keep your room as dark as possible.
For more information about the causes of reduced energy in seniors, visit the following website: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/fatigue