As the cold winter months bear down on the world, sadness can be a natural side effect and ugly truth. Shorter days prevent us from getting outside to take in the powerful mood-enhancing vitamins produced from getting sunlight, primarily Vitamin D. For seniors, the winter may bring on more serious symptoms impacting their physical and mental state.
Some may say, “you just have the winter blues.” Unfortunately, in seniors, the winter blues may be a sign of a more serious mental health condition known as a seasonal affective disorder. This serious yet treatable form of depression can occur at any time of the year yet is most prevalent during the winter for seniors.
At Southfield, the experienced team members understand how feelings of sadness and isolation can impact an older person’s mood and mental state. Learn how seniors within the independent living community can continue to enjoy activities and fight off the effects of the season by calling 855.947.3838.
What Is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?
With the colder weather, seniors tend to stay inside more often to avoid the possibility of falls and frigid temperatures. Not only does this keep them safe, but unfortunately, it sets up a situation in which sadness and loneliness take hold. Depression is fairly common among seniors living alone. However, seasonal affective disorder, while a form of depression, typically only surfaces during the winter months.
People suffering from seasonal affective disorder may experience some of the following symptoms:
- Moodiness and irritability
- Low energy
- No interest in activities that were once enjoyed
- Poor sleep patterns
- Feelings of extreme sadness
While both depression and SAD can both be debilitating and detrimental to a senior’s health, seasonal affective disorder tends to only appear during certain times of the year.
Tips To Fight Off Seasonal Affective Disorder For Seniors
Seasonal affective disorder is a treatable and preventable disorder. While natural sunlight is the best form of Vitamin D and can have a powerful impact on a person’s mood and mental state, it is not always a viable option during the dreary days of winter.
Seniors have several options to help stave off SAD symptoms, even when spending time outdoors is not possible. Staying active, engaging in social activities, and interacting with others is an important way to improve a person’s mood and fight off sadness. It is also important to engage in regular exercise, to eat a balanced diet including foods high in vitamin D, and get plenty of rest.
If you or someone you love lives alone and has a tendency to be sad during this time of year, reach out to the professionals at Southfield today to learn more about the independent living community.
Learn More About Southfield
At Southfield, residents enjoy the freedom and independence of living in their own homes while interacting and connecting with others. Residents are provided with all of the amenities to help them enjoy their senior years and fend off the sadness and isolation that so many feel. The team members at Southfield have the residents’ best interest in mind with the many programs and services, including:
- Individual residences
- Three meals per day
- Engaging and interactive activities
- Transportation services
- Housekeeping services
- Maintenance services
- Wellness programs
If you or someone you love is 65 or older and is looking for an active, healthy lifestyle, look no further than Southfield for the ideal senior living community.
Reach out to one of our residential specialists to learn more about how residents can live out this next chapter of their lives in their own home surrounded by friends and caring professionals by using the online form or calling 855.947.3838.