Spend much time around young children and you’ll be amazed at how much energy they have. But once the average person reaches their 40s, that seemingly endless “fountain” of youthful energy starts to diminish. By the time adults are in their 60s, it’s not uncommon for them to feel tired and sluggish at certain points throughout the day. Sadly, some aging-in-place seniors who battle fatigue lose their independence as a result. Thankfully, there are several ways to boost your loved one’s energy levels so they can stay active and enjoy a higher quality of life.

Energy-Zappers for Aging Adults

These factors can deplete the energy of your aging loved one, leaving them feeling listless, groggy, and sluggish:

  • Certain medications, like antidepressants, antihistamines, and high blood pressure drugs
  • Malnutrition due to a nutrient-deficient diet
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Reduced stamina due to muscle mass loss
  • A chronic illness or medical condition
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Circadian changes that disrupt normal sleep patterns

If not properly addressed, these “energy-zappers” can place your loved one’s health, wellbeing, and independence at risk.

How to Keep Your Senior Energized

When you’re a family caregiver, keeping that special senior in your life recharged and refreshed is possible by taking these five steps:

Regular exercise

Regular exercise benefits seniors in so many ways, including promoting a healthy appetite and

a better night’s sleep. Exercise also stimulates the release of neurotransmitters like dopamine, which help the body produce energy. Once cleared by their doctor, encourage your loved one to participate in low-impact forms of exercise several times a week like Yoga, Tai Chi, walking, or water aerobics.

Fortify their diet

Since pre-packaged, highly processed foods are deficient in essential nutrients, they can make anyone feel heavy and sluggish. Animal products like red meat take longer to digest, which zaps energy stores. On the other hand, fresh, whole, unprocessed foods filled with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants restore depleted energy levels.

Fortify your loved one’s diet with products that contain Vitamin B12, like soy and almond milk, and encourage them to get Vitamin D by spending time in the sun. To prevent dehydration, seniors should drink about two liters of water every day. If your loved one still lacks energy after implementing these dietary changes, talk to their doctor about adding supplements.

Smoking cessation

Although smoking cigarettes produces a nicotine-fueled burst of energy, those effects are short-lived. Not only do smokers tend to experience more drastic dips in energy levels than non-smokers, but the diminished lung capacity it causes also reduces the oxygen supply to their brain and muscles— all of which can deplete energy.

Reduce coffee intake

Even though many people use coffee to wake up, it can have the opposite effect when consumed in large quantities. If your senior is an avid coffee drinker, respectfully ask them to cut back. For starters, coffee acts as a diuretic and vasoconstrictor, which means it can dehydrate the body.

As a coffee drinker’s blood pressure rises, it can leave them feeling lethargic. If that weren’t enough, drinking several cups of coffee in the evening can also disrupt regular sleep patterns.

Plenty of sleep

The average adult needs 7 to 8 hours of sleep so that their body can replenish its energy supply. The body’s ability to produce melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone that helps you feel sleepy at night, progressively declines with age. As a result, seniors spend less time in deep sleep— the part of the sleep cycle essential for energy replenishment.

Older adults should nap for at least one hour every day while taking a melatonin supplement under a doctor’s supervision can also help.

Our Energetic Caregivers Are Here to Help

Helping an aging loved one replenish their energy supply can be challenging when you feel rundown. At Epsilon Home Based Quality Care, our compassionate, hard-working, and energetic professional caregivers love helping seniors in North Central Georgia lead safer, more fulfilling lives. While serving as an extended family in the home, we proudly provide non-medical home care services to seniors, families, and individuals with disabilities.

Our dedicated staff is composed of skilled, well-trained, and experienced caregivers who are experts at providing non-medical home care services like Live-In Care, Dementia Care, Companion Care, Veteran Care, Personal Care, and Respite Care. To learn more about Epsilon Home Based Quality Care in Snellville, GA, or schedule an appointment for a senior in Gwinnett County, please visit us now at www.epsilonhomebasedqualitycare.com.