Seasonal depression and older adults

Are you an older adult battling persistent feelings of deep sadness, a lack of energy, trouble sleeping, and fatigue? It could be more than just the blues.

Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons. For many people with SAD, symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months due to less sunlight during the day and the colder weather.

While it’s normal to have some days where you feel down, it may be time to see a doctor if the feelings last for some time.

Treatment for SAD can include medications, psychotherapy, and light therapy (phototherapy). With the latter, individuals sit near a device called a light therapy box which gives off a bright light that mimics outdoor light.

Additionally, making changes in the daily routine can go a long way in reducing depression and anxiety. For instance, Vitamin D deficiency could be a culprit. While taking supplements can help, even more effective is eating foods that contain Vitamin D, such as egg yolks, fish, and cheese.

Getting active can also be beneficial for those suffering from SAD. Stretching can reduce tension and stress, improve circulation and concentration, and boost energy, according to the AARP.

Additionally, social connections can help ward off the effects of depression. To that end, family and friends should make it a goal to engage with the senior loved ones in their lives. Older adults who feel like they are experiencing the warning signs of depression should seek care from a medical professional as soon as possible.

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