Seasons are changing once again and winter is fast approaching. Have you ever heard of the term “SAD”? Or have you ever felt lonely during the winter? Psychologists and other health experts have established studies about the Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD); whether it exists or not. The reason as to why the changing of seasons can cause depression is yet to be discovered. During the winter, there is lesser sunlight compared to the long dark nights we experience. This leads us to harbor negative emotions, laziness and the tendency to stay in bed more than to be active outdoors. How can you defeat SAD? What can you do if it hits your elderly loved one? Here are five helpful tips to combat SAD in the elderly.
Get up early and take your grandparent(s) or parent(s) to a walk when the sun rises. Just a ten-minute brisk walk can make your elderly loved one active once the day starts. You can also make a healthy breakfast before heading to the 10-minute walk . Walk him/her to a place where he/she can see plants, animals, other people or interesting objects/monuments. Rest from time to time as well.
Alternative: If your elderly loved one cannot walk outdoors, you can let him/her sit next to the window or right in your garden where he/she can be exposed to enough sunlight. This is also relaxing for him/her.
Vitamin D deficiency can cause SAD as well. Having a balanced diet with foods rich in Vitamin D can help your elderly loved one get through the depression he/she is feeling. Food such as fish (like tuna and salmon), fortified milk, mushrooms and eggs is recommended. You can match these food with fruits and leafy vegetables.
Having some fun
Whether indoors or outdoors, you can still introduce recreational activities for your elderly loved one, depending on his/her preferences. You can set up a family dinner to cheer him/her up, take him/her to elderly functions for socializing, introduce him/her new board games or hobbies or exercise.
If you have enough money and time, you can take your elderly loved one to a week-long vacation to a city far away or outside the country. This will help ease the depression and distract him/her from feeling SAD.
Seeing your doctor or healthcare professional
SAD can truly be combated with the help of a healthcare professional, like a nurse and a home health aide. The doctor can also prescribe medicine and take your elderly loved one to therapies if needed. But if you choose Bright Home Health Care in Carrolton, Texas, you can avail of our in-home services anytime! Our reliable and hardworking staff can take good care of your elderly loved one at home. Just dial 972-820-8240 to know more about our services and rates! We are happy to be of service to you!