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Tip of the Month - Conserve Energy

As we age, we may experience new onsets of health-related problems such as respiratory diseases, cardiac diseases and other diagnoses which may cause fatigue and decreased endurance. Below are some tips to consider to conserve energy throughout the day in order to function at your maximum potential:

Take frequent rest breaks - A task you may have been able to complete all at once may need to be broken down into smaller steps. It's ok to do a little bit of a task at a time and then take a rest break.

Alternate heavier tasks and lighter tasks throughout the day - You may choose to vacuum earlier in the day when you are most rested. Take a break and then complete a lighter task such as folding laundry.

Do as much in a sitting position - Consider sitting on a chair for example at the foot of your bed to change your linens. Sitting on the chair while you tuck in your sheets will help to conserve energy. You may also consider using a rolling desk chair to navigate through a large room. Exercise caution in order to reduce fall risk when using a desk chair as the wheels will not lock.

Use adaptive dressing equipment as needed to avoid unnecessary bending. Helpful pieces are: sock aide, reacher, dressing stick and long-handled shoe horn.

Consider purchasing a bath or shower chair in order to conserve energy when bathing/showering.

Remember to pace yourself during tasks. Slow down when doing things. One way to do this is by using breathing techniques such as breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. Try to breathe out twice as long as you do breathing in to ensure complete expiration of carbon dioxide from your lungs. This technique is called pursed lip breathing. It can be very useful for relaxation and for energy conservation.

Make sure you get plenty of sleep. Six to eight hours nightly is recommended.

Consider keeping most used kitchen items in an easily accessible location. For example, keep your most used pots and most used pans on the stove to prevent having to bend each time you use them. Keep a place setting on the counter top to prevent having to reach in cupboards for each meal.