With the cold, dark days of winter, it may seem like everyone gets the blues. Science has shown that the decreased sunlight during the winter season can affect both mood and sleep. Health experts call this condition Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD.
Social isolation exacerbates the condition in the elderly. Below are a few tips for how you and your friends at Senior Home Companions can help an elderly loved one in your life combat SAD and isolation.
According to the National Institute on Aging, scientific research has proven that a loss of a loved one or a close friend can profoundly impact one’s health. Social isolation and loneliness is linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, or cognitive decline.
Senior Home Companions can provide a companion caregiver to your family that will help your loved one feel less lonely. Many of our senior clients come to view our caregivers as a trusted member of the family, which helps prevent social isolation and the health risks that come with.
Our companion caregivers can help make sure that your loved one is getting out of the house for regular outings, like running errands, taking a walk or salon appointments. Getting out of the house provides the opportunity to gain both social interaction and sun exposure during precious daylight hours.
Caregivers can also accompany seniors as they visit with old friends or meet new ones, or participate in hobbies.
Those with symptoms of SAD or depression can find even daily life to be very difficult. Couple that with mobility or fine motor issues found in the elderly, and daily tasks can seem nearly impossible. Our companions at SHC can assist your loved one with household responsibilities, meal preparation and personal care.
If you would like to chat with Senior Home Companions about helping a family member, please contact us online or at (317) 251-0441. We are prepared to assist throughout all seasons of life. If you are strongly concerned about SAD or depression in a loved one, be sure to contact a medical professional.