Seniors Suffering from Seasonal Depression

The changes in temperature and seasons can be a warning sign for aging seniors being affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

SAD is a type of depression that comes as a result of the reduction of sunlight coming from shortened days. Be sure to pay extra careful attention to your loved ones during this time of year to notice changes in their behavior such as: fatigue during the daytime, sadness, weight gain, lack of desire to participate in activities, or suicidal thoughts.

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Should you believe they are affected by SAD below are some recommendations to help reduce the effects of this type of depression:

Exercise – Regular daily exercise will help keep energy levels high to help ward off depressive thoughts and feelings.

Volunteer – If they are able, taking some time out to help someone in need will not only get them out of the house, but is good for the soul.

Get Sunlight – Take a break throughout the day to go outside and get some direct sunlight to increase vitamin D levels. Vitamin D supplements can also be taken to help keep levels high during winter months when it is difficult to be outside for extended periods of time.

Speak to a Doctor – If the symptoms are amplified or if you are concerned for their safety, do not hesitate to seek advice from a medical professional.

At Enriched Life Home Care Services, we offer in-home care services to help provide your loved ones with much needed personal care and companionship services. Our services can help reduce the effects of seasonal depression by being their when family members are not able to be there.

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The Heat is On! Tips to Keep Seniors Cool in the Summer

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Staying cool and comfortable in the heat is sometimes easier said than done. It can be especially difficult for seniors living on their own and those with disabilities. During these hot humid days make sure that you check in on your loved ones regularly to make sure they are handling the heat properly.

 

Here are some tips you can use to help educate them:

Tip #1  Stay hydrated 

During the hot weather it is more important than normal for seniors to stay hydrated. The loss of excessive fluids from sweat can cause dizziness and fainting. The best way to prevent this is to by drinking a lot of fluids – especially water. If your loved one is on fluid-restrictions make sure to contact the doctor.

Tip #2 – Wear proper clothing and sun screen protection

Make sure that your loved one is wearing, light comfortable clothing during these hotter days of summer. A hat will also help to protect their head from sunburn and overheating. Applying proper sunscreen protection will also help to prevent a sunburn, and reduce body heat that a sunburn can cause.

Tip #3  Limit the amount of outdoor activity

When they are spending time outdoors for fresh air or light exercise, they should spend that time in the early morning or late evening when the heat is not at its highest point of the day. They should also look for shaded areas to stay out of the sun and provide a cool place for them to rest. If your loved one begins to feel sick or uncomfortable for any reason return inside and if it persists contact their doctor.

Tip #4  Enjoy Staying Cool Inside

Making sure that their home is properly cooled is important, and checking fans and air conditioners are properly working is important for their safety and well-being. If they do not have a fan or air conditioning, going to a local senior center, mall, or friends house may be a good alternative during the really hot days.

Tip #5  Never leave an elderly person in a parked car

When a car is parked, the temperature inside the car can rise dangerously fast. Even in cooler weather and with the windows cracked the temperature can become dangerously high in a very short time. It is never a good idea or safe to leave a person inside of a parked car.

We encourage you to use these safety tips to help your loved one enjoy the summer and stay safe at the same time. For more information, check out the CDC’s website on heat and the elderly for you to visit. We hope you found this information useful to help protect your loved one.

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