Remember that our bodies get fuel from food. This fact remains true even as people age.
A good way to combat the cold that the senior in your care feels is to get them to eat full nutritious meals – especially important during the cold weather months. When a senior eats, the digestive process helps the body fuel heat within the body. Providing warm beverages like tea, coffee (decaf typically) and hot chocolate help fuel the fire within.
Although people may feel warm and cozy when they drink alcohol, it is an actual fact that alcohol can help the body lose heat as opposed to warming the body. Alcohol can also counteract the effects of medications that can help a senior keep well.
The fight over drinking can be fierce. Seniors believe that they should have the option to choose for themselves what they want to do with the rest of their life.
While this is true, it is also not true for those seniors that cannot make good decisions about even the small things on a day-to-day basis. Seniors suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease should not consume alcoholic beverages!
The trickiness here is maintaining the fact you believe that With Age Comes Respect while also being a ‘care’giver – meaning taking care of your client’s health to the best of your ability!