There are many stereotypes that paint seniors to be unmotivated individuals who are easily fatigued and need daily naps to get through the day. So when a senior loved one lacks energy and nods off watching an afternoon television program, it’s easy to lay the blame on the natural aging process. The reality however, is that loss of energy is not a normal sign of aging and can be a sign indicating a more serious condition is present.
As a live-in care provider in Grand Rapids, we know that some fatigue among older adults is normal and can occur at any time of the day. However, if a loved one is tired shortly after a good night’s rest, it could be a warning sign of sleep-related conditions. Sleep is usually the way the body replenishes energy, but fatigue within a few hours of rising and without activity may mean a loved one is not getting sound sleep. Causes for an inability to sleep through the night can include restless leg syndrome and sleep apnea.
Afternoon naps may be a consistent pattern for a loved one, and this absence of energy could point to other conditions. Extreme tiredness can be a symptom of depression, a heart condition, anemia, or other disorder and in some cases, elderly person would just rather tell a family member they are tired than admit to being depressed or feeling pain. Fatigue can also be a result of boredom.
What to do next?
If daytime sleeping has become a problem for your aging parent or loved one, take steps to find the reason. Let the family doctor perform an examination and order any necessary tests. By understanding the type of fatigue a senior has, a physician can determine what treatment is available and offer a solution if a medical problem is present. This can help provide your aging loved one with more energy, and can help give you peace of mind.
For more information about senior care, contact Home Care Assistance of Grand Rapids today. We are a leading provider of in-home care for seniors and older adults and have a team of highly trained and compassionate caregivers who can provide care anywhere from 4 to 24 hours a day. We provide a range of services from hourly care to Parkinson’s care in Grand Rapids, ensuring that each of our clients receives the highly customized care they need and deserve. To schedule a free, in-home consultation, contact a Care Manager today at 616-243-0835.