Fighting Off Seasonal Depression Through Hobbies
Every year, the seasonal shift to winter brings with it a number of challenges for our elderly.
Many find it difficult to adjust to the shortened daylight hours, making it tricky for the brain to understand when to release the sleep-inducing chemical melatonin.
Unfortunately, the cold weather often exasperates the problem. Seniors often choose to stay indoors, missing out on the psychological and physical benefits of exploring the outdoors.
Researchers have recently discovered that the onset of winter can be linked to a condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
The good news is that there a whole number of different activities that a senior in home care in Dallas TX can become involved in to combat the illness. We’ve put together our most practical list, below:
The Sons of Hermann Hall in downtown plays host to a weekly swing dance class that welcomes dancers of all abilities.
At the end of the lesson, the dancers are free to put what they have learned into practice in an open dance.
As well as being great fun, the night also provides seniors with a chance to make like-minded friends and improve their physical fitness.
Join a Free Yoga Class
They always say you’re never too old to try something new, and a weekly dose of yoga could provide the perfect natural remedy for a senior that finds it hard to unwind.
Karmany, the company behind the venture, offer a number of daily classes aimed at a variety of skill levels.
Incredibly, the company doesn’t charge a fixed rate for the classes, instead opting for a ‘pay what you can afford’ policy.
The freedom to be creative is something that keeps all age ranges entertained, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that seniors love arts and crafts as well.
Whether you ask them to knit a scarf, decorate the house or build a miniature village, there are a number of fun ways to keep them engaged over the holidays.
Start a Book Club
Reading offers all of us the chance to drift away into another world created by our own imagination, but we often don’t share that vision with anyone else.
That’s why we’d recommend trying to start a weekly book club for any seniors in the local area. It will give them the chance to express their feelings on the subject matter, all the while giving them the chance to make new friends.