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Elderly In Home Care Discusses SADness in the Fall: Seasonal Affective Disorder

Nov 2, 2017 by Alan White

Today we’re talking about SAD. We don’t mean the emotion, but a disorder called Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD is a real disorder, a form of depression linked to the change in season, specifically the fall season. The temperatures dropping may chill the bones, and when the clock gets set back and hour, the day feels shorter with sunsets even in the late afternoon. For your parent it may feel like they are living in a dark cave for the next couple of months, and this can lead to the depressive episodes known as SAD. Our elderly in home care team has a few suggestions on how to take the SAD out of mom or dad’s life and to add a touch of happy.

  1. Use a light therapy box. These boxes are used for a therapy that can improve mood and make sleeping easier. It’s simple to use – just sit near the light box and bask in its radiance!
  2. Vitamin therapy may be an option. Check with your parent’s medical team. Specifically, additional Vitamin A may help with some of the blue and gray feelings that come with SAD.
  3. Simple stress management techniques are a great way to kick SAD to the curb. Whether your parent seeks the advice of a personal therapist or participates in yoga or tai chi, they may find that they can stay calmer and avoid SAD.
  4. Register to take a class, or schedule a weekly event will provide mom or dad something to look forward to and the ability to check off the weeks as they get closer to a brighter sun and warmer temperatures. Elderly in home care can also be a part of this, if you are busy or far away. Our caregivers are happy to offer companionship, as well as transportation.
  5. Your loved one may be able sync their schedule up with a friend or neighbor. For example, turn meal time into a social engagement, or book a game night with others in the neighborhood.

If you notice your loved one is suffering from SAD, elderly in home care can help them (and you!) through the fall and winter months. With a few adjustments to lifestyle, your loved one can go from SAD to HAPPY.

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