Older adults may tire quickly and move more slowly as they age. Everyday activities, like shopping or even getting dressed, can become hard to do. This may be a health problem called frailty.
Experts think frailty develops because of changes in how your body works. These changes can be caused by aging, a disease, or both. Your organs may not do their jobs as well, and you may lose muscle. Frailty also involves:
You may be frail if you have lost weight, are weak, or feel like you have low energy. The way you feel when you're frail may make you more likely to have depression.
When you are frail, you may have trouble doing everyday tasks, like getting dressed, eating, bathing, getting in or out of bed, and using the toilet. You may feel weak and off balance and worry about falling.
If you also have another health problem, your frailty may get worse quickly.
If you think you are becoming frail, see your doctor. There are things you and your doctor can do to prevent frailty or slow it down.
If frailty is caused or made worse by another health problem, you and your doctor can treat the problem.
Talk to your doctor about any medicines you're taking that might be making you feel tired. Many medicines, such as cold and allergy medicines, often cause fatigue.
Food gives you calories, which provide energy and can help stop weight loss. Here are some tips for eating well:
Talk to your doctor about exercises to help build your strength and balance. Examples include:
If you are worried about falling, here are some things you can do:
When you feel tired, it's often easier to stay home and not see people. But it is important to connect with others and stay positive. Being with other people can help you feel good and may help you stay healthier as you age.
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Current as of: August 4, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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