Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that occurs in individuals during the same season each year. Typically, the symptoms of SAD begin in early fall and continue into the winter, but some individuals experience SAD during the spring and summer months.
Follow these important steps to get ready for cooler weather
The days are getting shorter and the temperatures cooler, signs that it’s the time of year when many people turn the heat back on in their homes. It’s also the time of year when the number of home fires goes up, often caused by the use of alternate heating methods. The American Red Cross has steps people should follow as they get their homes ready for cooler weather.
When the temperature dips into seasonal ranges for winter, those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia should all be on notice that snow, extreme temperatures and early darkness present special problems.
Below is a list of local activities and places to enjoy with family. Keep in mind that after the holiday season, some of these locations will continue to be open and offer new exhibits and activities.
Through December 23, Wednesdays & Fridays. Each evening, from 5 pm to 9 pm, the Village of Skippack is aglow with the warm light of candles, hospitality and the sounds of the season. Luminaries line the sidewalks outside the stores and restaurants to light the way for shoppers and diners. To experience Illuminare nights in Skippack, just come to town. bestofskippack.com
Some people do not like being cooped up indoors. If this is you, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and then read our list of ideas to get you out of the house.
Go Bowling, it’s a fun, inexpensive activity, especially if you go with friends.
Visit a Museum, there are many in our area. After the holidays many bring in new exhibits to bring the crowds back. Movie theatre, go to a matinée and save a few bucks.
Seniors Stitch Holiday Stockings for Deployed Soldiers
While many of us have been getting ready for the holiday season, for the past month seniors at the TriCounty Active Adult Center (formerly the Pottstown Area Seniors’ Center) have been busy stitching nearly 1,000 holiday stockings to be sent to deployed service members through Operation Christmas.