Holiday depression in aging loved ones

by Connie De La Rosa – Family Caregiver Resource Center Catholic Charities

During the Holidays, we often think of joyful times with family and friends but for some of our elders, it can be a time of sadness, isolation and loneliness.

“Seasonal Affective Disorder” (SAD) is prevalent during the holidays and winter season due to issues such as being confined indoors, missing loved ones or chronic illness and pain.

Symptoms to look for:

  • Decreased appetite
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Memory loss or confusion
  • Mood disturbances
  • Loss of self-worth
  • Increased use of Alcohol or drugs

For more information or additional resources for assistance please call 420-9608.

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