Feeling Comfortable

If all this improvement doesn't warm up their feet or hands

(feel them yourself) put extra socks on. Warming up their feet

might have the effect of warming up hands, too. But if it doesn't,

raise the room temperature.

Being forced to feel cold is an undeserved misery of the


Others must accommodate to the elderly's need for body

warmth. The thermometer does not tell all. Comfort is paramount

for each of us. Younger persons can undress for comfort. The

elderly can't make changes for themselves. Usually, by the time

they are complaining of cold, they have suffered a long

time, feeling too guilty to request a temperature hike. Ask your

loved one. They will appreciate it. A shawl, a lap-blanket,

woolen sweater, long underwear and fleecy thermal outerwear

help a lot. But if your hand still senses cold feet, the thermostat

must still go higher. Cold body temperature is an invitation for

fungus and viruses to multiply. Viruses escape into the body

daily. Don't give them the advantage.

Do you find it warm in here? Thatís OK, Mom, I donít mind.

Too hot and too cold.

But unless all these things are tried, don't raise the temperature.

It is much healthier to be warmly dressed and breathe cool

air than to be lightly dressed in an 80įF room. The heart, especially,

benefits by the cooler air temperature.

For this reason, it is important to have air conditioning during

the hot season. Keep your elderly person warmly dressed, away

from air conditioner or fan drafts, but keep it cool. As cool as

their body temperature and comfort will allow. Don't seat an

elderly person under a fan in restaurants. The blowing air not

only chills them, but brings filth in dust that blows in the air

currents. Bacteria and viruses are soon to follow.

Being comfortable, knowing you are there to care for them,

brings out the best in your elderly person. They might get well

enough to long for a genuine relationship again. And put you to

the test. The test of listening. This can be very rewarding if they

are still able to communicate and distill their life experience into

wisdom for you. If you can listen and be interested in their distillations

or their ramblings their longing for relationship will be

fulfilled. There's just one catch, if the new found interest in

communication can't be expressed. If they haven't communicated

much for a long time, it would be easy for you to miss a simple

fact. They can't hear!

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