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Granby Living Feb2018

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EXPERT CONTRIBUTOR A winter advisory for seniors and their caregivers BY CHRISTINE LOOBY While the holidays and winter months can be a lighthearted time full of joy and good cheer, the hustle and bustle — and the stress that comes along with it — can lead to a dark period of anxiety, loneliness and regret for some. During this time of year, you may notice changes in the behaviors of aging loved ones, and it is important to recognize mood shifts and to determine whether they might simply be the holiday blues or something that would best be helped by medical intervention. In general, caregivers suggest that if symptoms extend beyond a week or two, it's time to seek professional support. One possible cause for a gloomy outlook is seasonal affective disorder (SAD.) According to the Mayo Clinic's website, SAD is "a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you're like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months. …Treatment for SAD may include light therapy (phototherapy), medications and psychotherapy." During the cold and dark months, SAD can evoke symptoms of depression and isolation. A Vitamin D deficiency could also be the culprit if an aging loved one is describing fatigue and depression along with muscle and bone aches and pains. The Office A brighter smile for your whole family Kenneth E. Endres DDS Providing State-of-the-Art Preventative, Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry New Patients Welcome! Emergency Service • Family Oriented Practice • Convenient Evening and Weekend Appointments • Invisible Braces • Periodontal Treatments • Chair Side Bleaching • Digital X-Rays • “No Drill” Dentistry Techniques Now Offering CEREC ® Single Visit Crowns 860.653.4551 35 Hartford Ave. Granby, CT www.SalmonBrookDentalCT.com 10 GRANBY LIVING

of Dietary Supplements within the National Institutes of Health suggests that older adults might be at risk of not getting enough Vitamin D, as their bodies may be challenged in converting and absorbing the Vitamin D in foods, and they may not get enough sunlight to produce Vitamin D on their own. Some medications can interfere with metabolizing Vitamin D. A doctor can diagnose a deficiency with a simple blood test. Beef liver, egg yolks, cheeses, salmon, mackerel, tuna, fortified milk, yogurt and cereal are wise diet choices for those looking to boost their D intake. Depression affects about 16 million American adults, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Those who suffer from it often experience key symptoms including: • A persistent sad, anxious or "empty" mood • Sleeping too little, early morning awakening, or sleeping too much • Reduced appetite and weight loss, or increased appetite and weight gain • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed • Restlessness or irritability • Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions • Fatigue • Feeling guilty, helpless or worthless • Thoughts of death or suicide Make an appointment with a physician if you or someone you love experiences five or more of these symptoms for longer than two weeks or if the symptoms are severe enough to interfere with your daily routine. By knowing the signs that can indicate something more than a passing case of the blues, by attentively listening, and by knowing when additional resources are needed, you can shine a little light on the dark days and nights of winter for the seniors in your life. Christine Looby is Director of Community Relations for The Mercy Community / The McAuley / Saint Mary Home, 2021 Albany Ave., West Hartford, CT 06117 • 860-570-8305 • clooby@mchct.org • www.themercycommunity.org VALK YRIE EQUESTRIAN CENTER Boarding / Training / Lessons ENJOY RIDING WITH US 860-653-0288 175 Barn Door Hills Rd., Granby | vec.info@snet.net | www.ValkyrieEquestrianCenter.com Capture Life’s Precious Moments Group Photos Fundraisers Special Occasions Hour & Mini Sessions 860.209.4127 FB@AmyGeignerPhotography FEBRUARY 2018 11

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