Sometimes getting a handle on fatigue isn’t about the big moves your senior makes. It can be some of the smaller steps that make a big difference. Once you’ve ruled out medical causes for fatigue, try some of these solutions to see how well they work.
Keep a Log of How She’s Feeling.
Keeping a log about how your senior is feeling in general allows you to examine a lot of variables all at once. You can track as much or as little as you and your aging adult want to track, but the more you track, the better. You can start out with just a few pieces of paper and remember to review periodically to see what the information tells you.
Naps are not inherently bad, but if your senior is experiencing fatigue, the naps may not be helping as much as you might think. This is especially true if the naps are longer ones, ranging into longer than an hour. Short naps, lasting only a few minutes at a time, can help to boost your senior’s energy. But the longer a nap is, the groggier she’s likely to feel when she wakes up again.
Get Plenty of Exercise.
Work with your senior’s doctor to determine if exercise is right for her and in what amounts. Adding even a little bit of extra movement into every day can help your senior to sleep better at night. It can also help to manage other conditions that might be contributing to the fatigue, such as heart disease or arthritis. Keep in mind that the exercise doesn’t have to be intense to give your senior some serious benefits.
Do a Vice Check.
Certain vices, such as drinking too much alcohol or smoking, can have the effect of contributing to fatigue for your elderly family member. This might be something that she tracks in her log or she might simply want to cut back or quit some of her vices.
If you’re not there as often as you’d like to be in order to help your senior stick with her new plan for battling fatigue, consider hiring elderly care providers. They can help her stay on track and provide companionship at the same time.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Houston, TX, contact the caring staff at Personal Caregiving Services at 832-564-0338. Providing Care in Houston, Bellaire, West University Place, Katy, and Sugar Land and the surrounding areas.
In 1989 after selling his family owned food service business, Mr. Gerber pursued his compassion for the elderly by completing his geriatric education and training requirements to be a licensed nursing home administrator (LNFA) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.Previously he received his undergraduate business degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his Masters in business administration (MBA) from the University of Houston.In 2003, Mr. Gerber earned his Certification to be a Senior Advisor (CSA).
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