Nowhere to walk

As we age our bones begin to creak and groan. The cold is bad enough, but the freezing rain and snow make it nearly impossible to get clients outside to walk and to soak up some Vitamin D from the sun! We are stuck inside doing menial exercises and trying to get the webs shaken out of those old bones.
It is no wonder for older people that sundowning occurs. It is hard enough to fill a day with activities when you are a captive in your own home, but when the sun comes up late and goes down early, not only would one tend to feel crabby, it would be almost weird if they did not feel this way.
When there is no light, the light tends to drain out of people. We need sunlight to live….to thrive. I have had clients say that they wanted to go to bed at 3:00 in the afternoon because the sun was dwindling down in the afternoon sky.
On the flipside, late fall and winter are truly discouraging times for seniors that have their days and nights mixed up like young babies do. Many elders want to sleep in and may do so until Noon or early afternoon and stay up until 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning. For this set of individuals, they get a measly few hours of sun a day during the dark months of the season.
This is when a caregiver has to be extra generous with love, caring and respect. Remember that someday we will all be there! Wouldn’t we, too, want someone to show us that With Age Comes Respect – even with all the little idiosyncrasies that go along with it?

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About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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