You’ve been taking care of your aging in place elderly mother for about a year now, and everything was going fine until recently. But now mom’s energy level has decreased noticeably, and she’s stopped participating in many of her favorite activities. Your mom’s not keeping up her appearance like before, quit going to the gym and won’t even join her friends for bridge club. Her lack of interest and decreased energy have got you worried, but you’re not sure what to do. Thankfully, helping a lethargic senior regain their “zest for life” is possible when using these tips.

Why Do Seniors Get Lethargic?

The number one cause of a lack of interest and decreased energy in the elderly population is fatigue. Once a senior begins feeling listless, they oftentimes lose interest in keeping up their appearance and engaging in normal activities. And, in most cases their fatigue is attributable to one or more of these factors:

  • Blood anemia
  • Depression or Loneliness
  • Poor nutrition due to chewing or swallowing difficulties
  • Sleep disorders, including insomnia and sleep apnea
  • Thyroid problems, notably hypothyroidism
  • Inflammatory disorders, like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Chronic