How can I reduce fatigue if I am an older adult?

A healthy diet and regular exercise can improve energy levels at all ages. Avoid sugary or starchy foods, and replace them with vegetables. Practice good “sleep hygiene,” which means regular sleep and wake times, no TV in the bedroom and no caffeine after 4pm. Get regular physical exams; your physician can screen you for medical conditions like sleep apnea or heart problems that cause fatigue.
Audrey K. Chun, MD
Geriatric Medicine
Whether or not an exact cause of your fatigue has been identified, there are steps you can take to boost your energy levels. If your medications are making you drowsy, talk to your doctor about alternative treatments or changing the time of day that you take your pills.

An obvious lifestyle issue is getting enough sleep, ideally seven to eight hours per night. If you feel tired during the day, try a short nap. Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. Drink enough fluid: six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day, unless contraindicated by a medical condition. And exercise! Most experts recommend exercising at least 30 minutes a day, most days of the week.

People think that it's counterintuitive to exercise while they're feeling tired, but increased physical activity actually increases mood and energy as well as mental and social engagement.

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