Fatigue is a common concern at any age, but seniors tend to complain about it more than most. Are you really tired all of the time or are you just trying to do too much. Do you feel pressured to prove that you are as “energetic” and productive as ever? How energy expectations change with age is an important issue to mull. An enormous amount of attention has been devoted to sleep, energy loss, and what it takes to keep seniors at the top of their game. Magazine ads and television commercials tell us that we can be superman/woman if we consume the right energy bars, protein drinks, and supplements. We have allowed our youth oriented culture to raise our expectations impossibly high. We want to believe that if we feel “energetic” we have beaten the odds; we are not getting old. In a world defined by multitasking and mental acuity the idea of “growing old gracefully” has gone by the wayside. Energy is the buzz word of the day: • You need “energy” to stay at your peak • You need “energy” to cope with stress. • You need “energy” to push yourself harder and faster in order to prove your worth. On the other side of coin are the studies about sleeplessness, depression, and stress management. If you feel pulled in both directions you may not know which way to turn. When did feeling tired become such a big deal? When did admitting that you are “not as young as you used to be” become a bad thing? Fatigue, after all, might just be Mother Nature telling you to “slow down and smell the roses.” Try a conservative approach first: • A physical exam to determine what is normal and what is not. • Eat well; discuss dietary needs with a professional. • Sleep well • Exercise • Think positively; reduce stress with relaxation techniques Not everyone has to play l8 holes of golf or run a marathon. Do what you love, and love what you do. This is your time.