I heard this morning on NBC Channel 5 out of Chicago that we have almost reached the record for sub-zero days in January. Currently we are at 21 days; the record is set at 25 back in the 1800s. I can’t even imagine how they handled that type of cold way back then – especially the elders!
You can certainly tell that this cold front is hard on senior citizens. They ache more, they have no energy and simply want to sleep more; varying greatly from their normal routine.
As a caregiver that believes that With Age Comes Respect, I simply try to stick to as much of normal as these types of days will allow. I try to create a fun and loving sort of atmosphere that invites seniors to want to participate in their life.
I believe it is vitally important during these long winter days for a senior to eat right, exercise as much as possible and be mentally challenged – whether that is with a puzzle, a good book or trivia about the winter Olympic Games. The more involvement my client have, the better their outlook and the more that they forget just how cold it is outside and that they are inside.
While our temperatures remain low, I will still be attempting to create high spirit where and when I possibly can!