So, yesterday, I reported that senior citizens are cold because their metabolism decreases. This means that our bodies lose the ability to generate their own heat.
Seniors do get cold outside, as expected, but can also be cold inside – where we feel downright uncomfortable because the heat is so high. If your client is considered a senior, yet they are not as old as many of your clients, but they are still very cold, you should advise them to seek medical advice to ensure that there are no other underlying causes to the heat deficiency.
A couple of the issues include hypothyroidism and cardiovascular disease. These chronic medical issues can certainly affect one’s body temperature. By knowing if your clients have one or more of these more chronic issues, as opposed to simply getting older, a caregiver can show their clients that With Age Comes Respect.
If your client suffers from one of these medical issues, as a caregiver, you can help your client manage the conditions and maintain a sense of warmth. It is really important to realize, too, that if your client gets too cold that they may suffer from hypothermia; this condition can occur if their body temperature falls below 95 degrees or lower.
Tomorrow I will suggest more ways to help your clients avoid this condition.