Seniors' Health

Fight the Winter Blues
With the winter comes shorter days, which impacts us in a myriad of ways. Do you feel lethargic, crave foods high in carbohydrates or do you long for time outdoors? You may be experiencing symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Did you know that six percent of the U.S. population — primarily in northern climates like Minnesota — is affected by SAD? Another 14 percent of the adult population suffers from a lesser form of seasonal mood changes known as the winter blues.

SAD symptoms include:
  • Low energy
  • Weight gain
  • Appetite changes (especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates)
  • Fatigue or sleepiness or trouble sleeping
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Depression or hopelessness
  • Anxiety and irritability
  • Social withdrawal
When daylight hours lessen during winter months, doctors recommend taking proactive steps to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year.
  • Open curtains to allow in as much daylight as possible
  • Eat well
  • Take vitamins
  • Actively plan indoor and outdoor activities and exercises each day
Don't brush off that yearly feeling as simply a case of the "winter blues" that you have to tough out on your own. If you still can’t shake the “winter blues” seek the help of a medical provider.
Consider Community Living
If you are a senior living alone, consider the living options at CentraCare, where you have the opportunity to socialize, participate in activities and eat meals with other seniors. We have a variety of senior housing opportunities available from retirement and assisted living to memory care. We invite you to take a tour, meet our friendly staff and see what makes our campuses a wonderful place to call home. When you are ready to make that next step, we are here to listen and guide you through the many questions you may have about CentraCare Senior Housing options.
Here for Your Health
Safety and well-being are top of mind as we all cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Help manage stress by utilizing these tips.
  • Stay connected while staying safe with virtual programs through St. Cloud’s Whitney Senior Center or through Juniper from the Central Minnesota Council on Aging.
  • Feeling lonely? The Conversational Phone Line for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call 866-777-0250.
  • The Senior LinkAge Line connects to a local aging expert for more individualized help — visit the website or call 800-333-2433.
  • Find meals for older adults at 320-650-3065.