The days get shorter. The nights get colder. Individuals of all ages start feeling more lethargic (or maybe even a bit glum) this time of the year. But for many people, especially for your elderly and physically challenged loved ones who are receiving quality homecare in Atlanta, Georgia, there may be a health-related reason why winter is the saddest season for them—they may be suffering from winter depression. Some people believe that the winter blues is just a mere expression. However, scientific evidence supports the idea that the winter season can interfere with people’s moods. Experts have even given this winter depression a medical name: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
According to WebMD, SAD is a form of depression that emerges only during certain times of the year, particularly during the bleak winter months. It is thought to occur as a result of daily body rhythms becoming out of sync due to diminished sunlight. Experts say that it affects about nine million people in the American population. The National Institutes of Health reported that it is more prevalent among women, people with a family history or diagnosis of SAD, and people who reside far away from the equator, where there is less or inconsistent sunlight.
Aging and even physically-handicapped individuals who are living either on their own or at a nursing home in Georgia, are particularly prone to SAD due to their reduced physical activity which can inhibit the ability of their brains to regulate negative emotions. Signs of SAD include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Experiencing fatigue during daytime
- Sleeping too much
- Being less interested in social, physical, and outdoor activities
- Weight gain
As a provider of reliable home care services, we advise that you help your loved ones beat the winter blues with the help of a medical professional and our caregivers at One-To-One Home Care, LLC. Get in touch with us today!