Seasonal Affective Disorder, otherwise known as SAD, is a form of depression that affects a person during the same season each year. For example, if you get depressed each winter, you may have SAD. It seems to be the most common amongst women, people who have a close relative previously diagnosed with SAD, or people who live in areas where winter days are very short or there are big changes in the amount of daylight during different seasons.

With all of these hazards ahead in this upcoming season, it’s important that caregivers for their elderly loved ones prepare ahead of time. Taking precautions during the fall will alleviate stress, reduce risks of depression and allow our loved ones to enjoy this season and all it’s festivities to the fullest.

Caregivers may notice a sudden change in mood, appetite, or energy level in their loved one, other symptoms may involve, sadness, sleep disturbances or lethargy.  The key in assessing for SAD is to tune into sudden changes that seem to revolve around the cold, dark months of winter.  Of course, any symptoms of depression should be reported to the physician regardless of the season.  

There are many senior living options for aging seniors. At SeniorGuidance.org, they are dedicated to helping seniors, their loved ones and their caregivers to find appropriate senior facilities and communities that may be of interest to seniors who are looking to retire or need special care.

This reading list provides links to and summaries of a variety of open source resources related to the care of older immigrants with specific attention to end-of-life care. 2 pages. 

This handout from the Canadian Research Network for Care in the Community provides an overview of why it is important to focus on diversity in informal caregiving, strategies to address the challenges and a listing of available supports.

This paper examines specific intergeneraional and family dimensions of the immigrant experience in Canada, generally, and in particular, the Region of Peel, Ontario. This analysis is organized around the concept of lifespan or lifecycle groups.  A section on the migration stresses faced by couples is also included. 

Late in life immigrants are often at risk of psychological stress, and social isolation because of language barriers, small social networks, and cultural differences from their host society. It has been noted that the social networks of those who migrate late in life tend to be very limited. The present study suggests that better family relation, social networking, financial support, and accessing health care would be the key to address the problem.

Don’t feel ready to seek out support and get out of your isolation? For many immigrants talking about feelings and seeking help is a challenge they must first overcome in order to feel less isolated.

Social isolation is a reality experienced by many seniors and particularly immigrant and refugee seniors. Even though it is not easy to recognize, it has significant health, social, and economic consequences. The Government of Canada has taken an active interest in the issue of social isolation as have provincial governments. At the community level, several organizations individually and in partnerships, have been actively engaged in offering programs and services to seniors at risk for social isolation.

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