Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) affects about 20 percent of all people living far away from the equator. This condition is common in females and can make them depressed and drowsy. If your senior loved one is experiencing SAD, encourage him or her to make a few lifestyle changes, as suggested by the New Hampshire in-home care team at Home Care Assistance.
1. Engage in Favorite Activities
One of the ways SAD can affect seniors is making them lose interest in things they normally enjoy doing. Give your loved one a little extra encouragement to stay engaged with life and set aside some time to participate in his or her favorite activity.
2. Change the Diet
During the warmer months, people often prefer being outdoors where they can get enough vitamin D from the sun. When your loved one stays inside during winter, prepare foods for him or her that are rich in vitamin D, such as tuna, mackerel, salmon, and eggs.
3. Spend Time Outdoors
Grab a cup of coffee or tea with your loved one and enjoy sipping it outside. Scientists suggest going outside within two hours of waking up in the morning helps fight the symptoms of SAD.
4. Stick to a Sleep Schedule
While catnapping during the day is a common symptom of SAD, you can help your loved one resist the urge to do so. Make sure your aging loved one wakes up at the same time each day and goes to bed at the same time each night.
5. Wear Bright Colors
If your loved one has SAD, encourage him or her wear to bright colored clothing on the dreariest of days. Orange and red colors can have a positive impact on your loved one’s health and can help keep SAD at bay.
Seniors with SAD often require encouragement and assistance to prevent depression and remain emotionally healthy. At Home Care Assistance, we have a team of live-in and respite caregivers who assist and encourage seniors in activities to overcome SAD. We also offer expertise in stroke, Parkinson’s, dementia, and Alzheimer’s care New Hampshire seniors and their families can rely on. To create a customized care plan for your loved one, call one of our professional Care Managers today at (603) 471-3004.