Many seniors experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD). In the early winter, they can start feeling depressed, and the feeling can last throughout the winter months, only to lift when spring arrives. People who live near the equator almost never experience SAD, while those living close to the North Pole have a much higher likelihood of experiencing it. If your senior loved one is experiencing SAD, Albuquerque elderly care professionals suggest trying these natural treatments.
Eat Foods High in Vitamin D and Serotonin
People normally get vitamin D from the sun, but this is not always possible in winter. Therefore, serve your loved one foods high in vitamin D like tuna, mackerel, and beef liver. Serotonin levels are low in seniors with SAD, so make sure your loved one eats cheese, pineapple, and eggs.
Increase Exposure to Natural Light
On a warm winter day, go outside and prune any trees blocking light from streaming in the windows. Open up the blinds and curtains so light can get in to the living space. Get your loved one to enjoy the sun’s warm rays by sitting closer to the window during the day.
Many seniors find it difficult to exercise in the winter. Hook up the DVD and encourage your loved one to exercise to a favorite exercise program. Get him or her to turn on some music and dance away. Alternatively, get your loved one to bundle up tight and go outside for a brisk walk.
Use Essential Oils
Essential oils are a great way to boost your loved one’s mood. For lethargy, try some black pepper essential oil. Alternatively, try a jasmine vaporizer to help him or her stay awake.
One of the most effective treatments for SAD is going outside within two hours of getting up. Encourage your loved one to spend some time outside first thing in the morning. He or she does not have to stay outside for too long.
Try these natural treatments to help alleviate your loved one’s symptoms of SAD. If you require help managing your loved one’s physical and mental wellbeing, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our reliable live-in and hourly caregivers can help your loved one follow a healthy diet, do regular physical exercise, and maintain social ties with friends and family to boost overall wellbeing. We also provide specialized Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Albuquerque, NM, families can contact a trusted Care Manager at 505-798-0800 to set up a free consultation and learn how our services can help your loved one.