Is Your Elderly Loved One Feeling SAD?

Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD is a form of depression that occurs during the winter months when the days are shorter and colder. Sadly, elderly individuals with restricted mobility or that are homebound are at increased risk for SAD. Although the exact cause for SAD is unknown some mental health professionals believe it is related to a decreased exposure to natural sunlight and time spent outdoors.

Fortunately you can make a huge difference in the happiness and well-being of your loved one with these helpful tips:

•    Welcoming more natural light into the space where your loved one spends most time
•    Try to bring more life into the space by adding a variety of plants
•    Accent pieces with bright colors to bring new life to spaces
•    Maintaining well-rounded diet packed with nutrients may lessen the symptoms
•    Walk around indoors or outdoors (weather permitting)

United Methodist Homes of NJ is dedicated to maintaining the physical and mental well-being of our residents.  Our social model of senior living encourages residents to take part in various social activities within and outside our homes. Further, the dedicated staff found at all of our full service assisted living communities contributes to a stimulating and nurturing environment.

From Independent Living to various levels of assisted living services our homes provide an opportunity for seniors to meet new friends and life a full life- even during the cold weather months. To find out more about our services visit us at http://www.umh-nj.org.

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