We’ve all been touched by a bit of the winter blues at one time or another. Yet some suffer more than others and are diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Susan’s latest monthly column for Gannett Newspapers, “Feeling SAD? Talk to a Doctor,” discusses SAD and the effects on older adults.
Although SAD is thought to affect mostly females younger than age 55, it can occur later in life, too. Due to cold temperatures and chances for snow and ice, older adults are more likely to stay indoors. And that may increase the incidence of SAD. Older adults are more at risk for social isolation during the winter months, as family and friends stay home more often as well.
Read the article to learn more about SAD and what can be done to prevent or treat this seasonal form of depression.