Many of us feel a bit more sluggish during the shorter days of winter, and older adults are no exception. One possible cause is seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which can mimic depression and other mental health conditions, but can also be effectively treated once accurately diagnosed. Symptoms of SAD can vary widely, and may include low energy, loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities, feelings of hopelessness, sleeping problems, weight gain, and difficulty concentrating. If you notice these or other concerning signs in an older adult, the first step is to schedule an appointment with the physician, who can diagnose or rule out seasonal affective disorder. If SAD is indeed affecting the senior, treatment options can include light therapy, psychotherapy/counseling, … [Read more...] about Conquer Winter Blues with Companion Care
Holidays are a wonderful time of family togetherness, filled with joyful surprises, delicious meals and treats, and a chance to strengthen family ties. However, a number of factors can interfere with a picture-perfect holiday season for seniors. Families often live at a distance from one another, and travel can be difficult due to finances, health factors, the needs of young children, and more. Of course, no one wants an older adult to spend the holidays alone. One solution to help seniors enjoy the holiday season is engaging the services of a professional in-home care provider, such as THE MEDICAL TEAM. Here’s why: We serve as partners in care. We work in tandem with families to ensure that each senior’s lifestyle is upheld as he or she wishes. We truly listen to what’s important to … [Read more...] about Alone for the Holidays? Not with THE MEDICAL TEAM!