Senior Caregivers Help Alleviate Seasonal Affective Disorder
As the winter months pose extra challenges for senior citizens living independently at home, senior caregivers like those from Comfort Keepers® offer solutions and trained professionals to help ward off the emotional effects that cold weather can bring.
It is common during the winter months for seniors to experience a type of depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, more than 6.5 million Americans over the age of 55 are affected by depression. Winter months can exacerbate these feelings of depression, as daylight becomes shorter and snow and ice make walking, driving and visiting loved ones more difficult. This leads many seniors to find themselves indoors for long periods of time, feeling isolated and secluded. Senior caregivers assist seniors and their families in these very situations. Senior caregivers are available on a part- or full-time basis to offer assistance to seniors in a variety of non-medical situations in their own homes.
According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder may include: loss of energy, social withdrawal, excessive sleeping, changes in appetite, anxiety and loss of interest in activities that one usually enjoys. Comfort Keepers caregivers are available to build key relationships with seniors so when a change in mood occurs, the caregiver can identify a potential issue and help a senior to seek treatment. Many treatment options are available for Seasonal Affective Disorder, beginning with a visit to a senior's primary caregiver. Comfort Keepers can also offer transportation services for seniors so they can keep necessary appointments pick up prescriptions and gain access to any other services that may be required.
Finally, Comfort Keepers offer the companionship that is ever-critical in warding off depression during winter months. Providers make regular visits, plan fun activities inside or outside of the home, prepare regular meals, and perform light housekeeping duties, while providing seniors the solace and comfort of positive interaction.