Does your elderly loved one have Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD?
If so, this means they are depressed as the seasons change. Many times the depressive symptoms will get worse when it gets darker outside. Most of the time this disorder presents itself when the fall season fades away and winter comes forth. Since there are fewer daylight hours, people often feel drained of energy. They may be moodier than usual, as well. If your elderly loved one has SAD it could be affecting their life in numerous ways.
Have you noticed that your elderly loved one is more irritable as the seasons change? Do you notice a significant increase with your elderly loved one being irritable when the fall season fades away and winter comes about? If so, then your elderly loved one could have Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Having Lower Energy than Usual
Have you or one of the caregivers noticed that your elderly loved one has less energy than usual? Maybe they can’t seem to get much done throughout the day. You might notice that your elderly loved one doesn’t have any desire to move around or go places. If this is the case, especially when it occurs in the midst of a season change, SAD could be the cause.
Has your elderly loved one mentioned lately that they feel heavy? Maybe they have said their legs or arms are tense or tight. This could be the overwhelming sensations or depression weighing down their body. If this is something that your elderly loved one is feeling as a result of SAD, you can encourage them to do yoga. If your elderly loved one is willing to do yoga a few times each week, it could help them to feel a bit less heavy.
Sleeping A Lot
Has your elderly loved one been sleeping a lot as the weather gets colder? If so, they could have Seasonal Affective Disorder. With this disorder, the depression can be anywhere between mild to severe. Those who have moderate to severe depression often feel tired all the time. They don’t want to get out of bed or may feel like they can’t get out of bed.
These are some of the ways that Seasonal Affective Disorder could be affecting your elderly loved one. If you suspect your elderly loved one has this disorder, it wouldn’t hurt for them to be assessed by their doctor. It may also help your elderly loved one if you or their caregivers were around often. This could help them to feel less alone. In addition, if you or the caregivers do fun tasks with your loved one, it could ease their symptoms.
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