Does the weather affect the seniors?
Yes, Meteorology matters and it is essential to recognize that in milder weather the elderly are more likely to be outdoors. This brings to mind the fact that they are likely to be affected by the change in climate, to greater or lesser degree depending on their physical state.
As the temperature is the indicator, seniors’ metabolism declines with aging; it is in fact about 2°C in every decade. This means the reaction to a decrease in temperature, will take a longer time in their bodies compared with younger people. For instance, when you feel cold you will want to go indoors, but you will not feel the need to go indoors until the temperature has dropped by 2°C. For a senior, the feeling of being cold is 2°F (1°C) colder.
25 seconds can feel like an eternity for a teenager, but for a senior it is such an important time frame. That’s why even a slight change in temperature can make them feel cold an unsafe.
The nature of change is that we don’t notice it happening, but when we step back to look at a complete period, such as a year, we notice that a lot of things have changed. Each change has an impact. If there are too many, we can become overwhelmed.
The big question is whether we are able to handle all the changes in our life. Sometimes it appears that people living with dementia have separated themselves from the change in the world and are less affected by them. They may, however, go through periods of adjustment when confronted with new changes.
Studies suggest that when people with Alzheimer’s notice changes in their environment that they are unable to cope with, their increased stress may manifest itself in behavioral problems, such as angry outbursts. What’s worse is that when these frustrating episodes are not properly dealt with, they may worsen over time.
If you notice such behavior, it’s very important to identify the source of the problem as soon as possible and try to take steps to minimize the effects. If the change is a constant (or even a semi-constant), such as working at a new job or living in a strange environment or where they don’t know the other residents, it’s important to find ways to help them cope with it.
How weather affects medically and physically in older age?
According to one theory, the weather reflects mood. For some old people, severe weather conditions have a depressive effect. According to a Japanese study, older people are most sensitive to bad weather. The study shows that older people who have a sunny and bright room and access to a garden will improve their mood and health. For all of them, wet and windy conditions have a negative effect on their health. The study also suggests that being out in bad weather conditions increases and accelerates the decline in health for older people.
The researchers think that being in a bad mood can have a serious impact on your health. Your mood can make you more susceptible to diseases and ailments. Dizziness, shortness of breath, pain or even heart attacks are common symptoms in bad weather. In this study, men and women who were about 70 years old and exposed to bad weather conditions were found to have worse memories and cognitive ability than others.
We rely on a lot of things in daily life. We rely on the train to get us to work on time, we rely on technology to inform us of our appointments and we rely on promises from our loved ones that they’ll pick us up at a certain time on Tuesday night.
The majority of our daily actions take place while we are thinking of something else and these actions require preparation or reminder. The more complicated the action, the more likely you are to forget it. This is where ritual comes into play.
Rituals are used because they have a psychological effect on us. Do you wake up on time every single day? Most likely you do, but how you wake up is different. You might wash your face, consider putting on make-up, brush your hair, drink water etc. These are rituals of routine; they have been shaped by you to make you feel comfortable, relaxed, but they aren’t essential to waking up.
A ritual might be linked to certain actions, they can consist of repetitive actions, they can be carried out on something such as an object, they might involve a series of actions that end or begin with an individual.
Old people love talking about the weather because they’ve accepted that talking about it is the best way to avoid talking about death. It’s much easier to talk about the sun coming up than it is to talk about how hard it was to go to sleep the night before. Talking about the weather helps old people cope with feelings that are too heavy for them to carry.