According to the Mayo Clinic Staff, there is absolutely no way to prevent SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) from developing in your client. Helping to manage the symptoms, however, may help to prevent them from getting worse over time.
When you, as a caregiver, recognize the symptoms that have been discussed over the past few days, it could possibly be helpful to begin some of the recommended treatments or to get them assistance before symptoms that have been recognized in the past begin in the fall or winter. In order to display that With Age Comes Respect, you can then continue with your client on this new path – even past the time that their symptoms may normally dissipate.
The sooner you can help your client gain control over their symptoms before they increase, the better off your client will be. When you act in a preventative manner, you may be able to head off serious changes in mood, appetite and energy levels in your client and keep their disposition on an even keel.
Not only will your client feel better emotionally, they will have more energy physically and psychologically as well. Knowing that you helped reduce trauma of any kind in a client’s life will also help reinforce to you just why you do what you do; adding dignity and respect to any one person’s life is the biggest reward you will ever get from being an elderly caregiver!