Fatigue: elderly care help

June, 2013 elderly care help - fatigue

Last month we started looking at fatigue and it’s causes. This month we’re going to build on what we’ve discussed already and for those providing care for elderly people, they will be keen to know, this month we turn our attention to fatigue in seniors.

Fatigue in itself is a symptom. It is not always considered as an indicator of the disease as it normally occurs in life and is therefore ignored at times. However, persistent fatigue or fatigue that occurs for no clearly identifiable reason and continues even with the rest that is considered to be a symptom of some underlying disease. It should also be differentiated from other symptoms, such as drowsiness, confusion, or excessive sleepiness. In the elderly, these terms are often used interchangeably which is misleading to the attending doctor.

Although fatigue is a term used to indicate the degree of tiredness, it can be further differentiated according to additional factors such as :

  • Is the fatigue present in the morning upon waking even after a good night’s sleep?

  • Is the fatigue uncharacteristic for other people in the same age group?

  • Has the level of fatigue affected a persons normal lifestyle to a significant level?

  • Does a person feel the need to sleep or constantly doze of unwillingly during the course of the day?

  • Did the fatigue start after commencing with certain medication?

Our advice for the elderly would be, those who have experience a decrease in certain hormone levels with age, like growth hormone and thyroid hormone, coupled with the prevalence of chronic disease in the senior years are more likely to experience severe fatigue. This is further exacerbated by the volley of medication that is used simultaneously to treat a wide array of medical conditions.

An older person should therefore ensure that they pace themselves throughout the day especially when undertaking strenuous physical activity. Eating well, sleeping for more than 6 hours in a day, and keeping physically active plays a major part in counteracting fatigue. Regular medical check ups to detect and monitor medical conditions, coupled with proper use of medication are also important in limiting the extent of fatigue.


Original source: Senior Health 365

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