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There is a Chill in the Air; The Impact of Changes in Weather on People Living with Dementia




It is common knowledge that changes in weather affect how we feel and function. For instance, the winter season is accompanied by cold weather that makes us feel vulnerable and uncomfortable. The same applies to people with dementia. This is why it is essential to understand the importance of maintaining comfort during changes in the weather, particularly during cold seasons. In this blog post, we will explore the link between changes in the weather and dementia. We will also provide useful tips on how to keep dementia patients comfortable during cold seasons.


Changes in weather, particularly during the winter season, can cause discomfort in people with dementia. This can cause changes in behavior and mood, contributing to agitation, anxiety, and depression. It is advisable to maintain a warm indoor environment that offers comfort to dementia patients. Artificial warmth is an excellent way to keep the temperature at a comfortable level. Consider using warm blankets and warm things from the dryer to ensure that your loved one maintains warmth.


Meeting the needs of dementia patients is crucial during cold seasons. Cold weather can cause pain and discomfort in aging bodies, and this can result in changes in behavior and mood. Providing warm blankets and clothing, especially before going outdoors, can help to reduce pain and discomfort. Always ensure that your loved one's basic needs are met before addressing other issues, such as symptoms of agitation or depression.


A change in weather such as increased moisture in the air and cold weather can cause changes in behavior and mood. These changes can result from the pain and discomfort that arises from a change in the environment. Caregivers should keep in mind that changes in behavior may indicate that their loved one is experiencing discomfort. Therefore, caregivers should take the time to address the needs of their loved ones, such as providing blankets that keep them warm and comfortable.


Our integrated care model incorporates Teepa Snow's Positive Approach to Care, which provides caregivers with a comprehensive understanding of the behaviors of people with dementia. The Positive Approach to Care model provides training and support to caregivers in understanding the needs of people with dementia. Incorporating this approach when dealing with caregivers and family members of dementia patients helps to reduce the burden that comes with caring for a loved one with dementia.


To sum up, changes in weather affect people with dementia, and it is crucial to maintain their comfort and wellness during cold seasons. Care Teammates should keep in mind that pain and discomfort from more moisture in the air and cold weather can result in changes in behavior. The Positive Approach to Care model is a useful resource that caregivers can use when caring for people with dementia. This model provides an understanding of the needs of dementia patients, helping to reduce the burden of care. We hope that this article has provided useful information on caring for people with dementia during cold seasons.

Here is the link to Teepa Snow's Video regarding cold weather:

https://youtu.be/jlGUVBgkd44?si=_OtGnSZnNhQTIcKS

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