By Anna Hazard
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As seniors are less likely to go outside during the cold winter months, they are one of the highest demographics for suffering the symptoms of not receiving enough sunlight which ranges from lower Vitamin D levels to experiencing SAD.
SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder is caused by receiving inefficient natural sunlight which upsets the sleep-wake and other circadian cycles and disrupts the production of melatonin(a hormone that causes drowsiness and lethargy) and the mood regulating neurotransmitter serotonin as well as epinephrine. It symptoms include depression, lethargy & tiredness, irritability, agitation, increased appetite, and difficulty concentrating.
Here are a couple suggestions for both caregivers and seniors alike when it comes to
combating SAD and the general winter blahs. As always, consult your family doctor before beginning a new therapy routine or if symptoms of depression continue to persist.
Further Information: Benefits of Exercise for Seniors