Active living seniors can beat SAD by staying engaged

Though many individuals are familiar with the effects of SAD (seasonal affective disorder) which often accompanies long periods of sun deprivation, it's sometimes difficult to stay energized during the winter months.

However, the residents of retirement living communities in Lake County, Illinois, have found ways to battle the blues and stay active until the spring thaw, according to the Lake County News-Sun.

Active living seniors can beat SAD by staying engaged

Active living seniors participate in activities such as competitive water volleyball, games on pinochle, computer lessons, tai chi and games of Texas hold 'em, according to the news source.

"I spend a lot of time quilting and I do a lot of gardening, but you gotta be with other people," senior Carol Hawkins told the news provider. "I feel fine all the time."

Those who are affected by SAD might feel fatigued and crave high-energy foods like sweets and starches.

According to the National Institute of Health, there are also other ways to manage SAD, including changing your diet, managing stress and seeking out a sunny climate during winter months.

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