Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is often referred to as the winter blues. It is common among senior women living far away from the equator. If your senior loved one experiences one or more SAD symptoms, consider one or more of the following 5 natural remedies, as suggested by Woodbridge home care professionals.
1. Engage in a Favorite Activity
Many seniors with SAD tend to lose interest in doing the things they normally enjoy. Therefore, your loved one may need an extra push to stay engaged with life. Consider planning a special outing both of you will enjoy.
2. Encourage Dietary Changes
Seniors rely on sunlight for vitamin D and the long winter spells make it difficult for them to obtain this vitamin. Consider serving your loved one delicious, vitamin D-rich food such as tuna, salmon, and beef liver.
3. Use Color
Psychologists often suggest surrounding a person with SAD with bright colors to brighten his or her mood. Wear bright colored clothes on the coldest of days. Make a fun craft with bright colors in it. Buy some brightly colored flowers and display them in a pretty vase.
4. Spend Time Outside
Spending time outdoors within two hours of getting up can be an effective way of relieving the symptoms of SAD. Encourage your loved one to grab his or her favorite hot beverage and enjoy it outside. Alternatively, put on a coat and go for a walk. On warmer days, you can plan a fun picnic lunch and go to the park.
5. Assist with Exercise
Exercise routines tend to slip in the winter. You can help your loved one exercise to release “feel-good” hormones that may counter the symptoms of SAD. Spend some time on the treadmill, dance to your loved one’s favorite tunes, or turn the living room into a gym.
If you’re unsure about how to uplift your loved one’s mood, reach out to Home Care Assistance at 203-444-8575. Our experienced caregivers can encourage and assist seniors with appropriate physical activities to help keep depression and SAD symptoms at bay, and we also offer comprehensive Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and dementia care. Woodbridge families can contact one of our friendly Care Managers to learn more about our high-quality-in-home care services.