KHN: You’re Not Just “Growing Old” If This Happens To You

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Some medications can induce fatigue, as can infections, arthritis, an underactive thyroid, poor nutrition and alcohol use. Perhaps most important is ensuring that older adults remain physically active and don’t become sedentary.

Some medications can induce fatigue, as can infections, arthritis, an underactive thyroid, poor nutrition and alcohol use. Perhaps most important is ensuring that older adults remain physically active and don’t become sedentary.

Kaiser Health News: You’re Not Just ‘Growing Old’ If This Happens To You 

Judith Graham reports: “When Dr. Christopher Callahan examines older patients, he often hears a similar refrain. “I’m tired, doctor. It’s hard to get up and about. I’ve been feeling kind of down, but I know I’m getting old and I just have to live with it.” This fatalistic stance relies on widely-held but mistaken assumptions about what constitutes “normal aging.” (Graham, 12/8)