How to Make Darkness Your Friend: Helping Seniors Embrace the Winter Months

Home caregivers know from experience that the cold winter months can be extra challenging for seniors and people with disabilities. Colder temperatures and less sunlight exacerbate health symptoms, increase the risk for seasonal affective disorder, and induce feelings of loneliness. Since the month of December contains the longest night of the year, it’s a good time to learn how to make darkness your friend instead of something to be dreaded. The long nights and short days don’t need to lead to loneliness and depression, if approached in a way that is positive and resourceful. The importance of preventing loneliness in seniors is not something to ignore. A number of studies found that social

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