Wintertime can be a very dangerous time of year for seniors. There is the added risk of slipping and falling, potentially breaking a bone. Seniors tend to have a harder time dealing with cold weather, which can result in illnesses like hypothermia or pneumonia. But these physical threats aren’t the only things that seniors have to be worried about in the winter. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and other forms of depression can be very hard on seniors as well.
Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a form of depression that is linked to the time of year. It usually begins in October or November and ends in March or April. The cause of this type of depression is usually a lack of daylight and Vitamin D. It can be made worse by a feeling of isolation that is common in the wintertime. If a senior, or anyone, spends more time inside, without experiencing enough sunlight, they start to feel depressed, which leads to a loss of energy, lethargy, fatigue, and overeating.
How to fight SAD
Getting as much light as possible is usually the best form of treatment. Open up your blinds and try to get outside. One great thing about winter in Kamloops is the sunshine during the days. Although it may feel cold, getting outside of your seniors residence is a great way to fight depression.
Socializing is another important key. The less alone someone feels, the better they feel, especially in the winter. Being in an assisted living facility offers the best chances for seniors to stay connected to other people and socialize as much as possible. There are numerous people to talk to and the winter blues won’t affect residents as much as someone living on their own.
If you’re ready to come and see just how well The Hamlets at Westsyde take care of our residents, give us a call see all the great activities we have planned to cure the winter blues.