For some reason, this winter has affected me more than any other winter. My extremities ache and the cold seems to just resonate through my being at all times – even in the so-called comfort of my own home. Perhaps the reason for this is not only because the heat does not seem to be regulated, but because I spend so many hours in the homes of many senior citizens whose homes are very comfortable – many times even too warm, but when one gets used to sitting in comfort, sitting in the cold is pretty awful indeed!
I do know that as people age, their metabolism takes a natural dip. Because of this change, older people feel chilly much easier; they may be downright cold when you and I feel comfortable in our surroundings.
The question is, will this metabolism change affect a client’s overall health – or is it a result of their overall health? By asking these questions, caregivers continue showing the fact that they believe that With Age Comes Respect.
I have researched enough and have witnessed enough to know that a lower metabolic rate simply effects a body’s ability to maintain what is considered to be a normal body temperature; 98.6 degrees. I will write more about this in tomorrow’s post, so stay tuned.