Why do we get so cold as we age? The answer has a lot to do with fat. Fat is a subject I don’t enjoy discussing. I have fought the battle of the bulge my entire life, and fat is not my friend. However, a vibrant and healthy young or middle-aged individual has fat pads beneath the skin. These fat pads provide protection to the bones, and they help hold in heat. As we age, these fat pads decrease and, eventually, they go away. The absence of fat pads increases the likelihood of bruising and broken bones and decreases the body’s ability to stay warm.
When I visit Momma, and the heat starts to be too much, I find myself standing in the hall to cool off. I don’ want to make her uncomfortable or self-conscious, but I don’t want to faint, either. To top it all off, Momma is often lying in her bed with a flannel quilt on top and a heated mattress pad underneath her. I am relatively sure I would melt like Frosty The Snowman if I crawled in bed with her.
While caregiving with someone with dementia, become aware of the "why " for the situation. The answer will make you a better caregiver. Hope that gives you Something To Ponder.