Dad complains of lack of energy. Any suggestions?

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My father is 84 years of age.

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he takes a supplement for that too. He takes extemely good care of himself. Thanks for all the feedback.
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He may have a vitamin D deficiency. When that vitamin is low, it can contribute to a person feeling low.
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He is on "B" shot, a monthly deal. I have thought about iron. I have not had much one on one with his physician. Socially, I don't think he has a big desire to meet others. I have suggested the walker, thus far. a no go. Thanks for the advice, helpful.
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Thank you, have a blessed day
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Cindyoo has your dad had a good checkup with bloodwork done lately? My mom's thyroid quit working and so once we got her on thyroid meds, she felt more energetic. Some older folks also get low on Vitamin B12, so have that checked, along with his Vitamin D levels. Unless we're in the sun all of the time, most of us these days have low D levels. And also make sure he's not anemic. So get your dad a good physical check-up to rule out deficiencies.

I find taking my mom outside of her apartment really boosts her spirits and her energy levels. If your dad can't walk far, look into getting a lightweight companion chair. I push my mom around the mall, or stores, or near a playground so she can watch kids playing, or into restaurants. Once he feels more "connected' he may feel more energetic. Good luck and keep us posted.
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He has arthritis in his knees. Slows him down quite a bit. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer a number of yrs ago. Doctor told him it was slow growing and gave him a choice to do something or nothing ,he chose nothing. I don't know if that is playing a role in it. I 'm not sure how long hes been diagnoased with the cancer.
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Cindy, welcome to aging... I know I have half the energy I had 20 years ago :P

Is your Dad able to go outside and walk? If yes, get him out the door for a very short walk, then increase the amount of distance each week. If possible get him into that routine. What about a nearby senior center where he can be around guys his own age? That will get the brain working, thus get the body moving, too.

I know getting one's parent out for a walk or to a senior citizen could be difficult if you are employed and weekends a filled with chores. I have that issue with my own parents. Really wished my parents would have moved to a retirement village where others can get them out without needing my time table.
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Does your dad sit around a lot, watching tv or otherwise immobile? That can make someone feel less energetic.

You didn't say what health issues your dad has so I don't know if he's capable of doing some light exercises but these would help him feel a little more energetic. Talk to his Dr. about whether he can do these or not and get advice on what light exercises to do.
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