DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME CAN BE STRESSFUL FOR SENIOR CITIZENS

To “spring forward” in March and to “fall back” in November – as a result of daylight saving time – are more than changing the time and adjusting the clocks twice a year. It is about making adjustments to one’s daily routine and dealing with the problems that occur as a result of the time change. I support ending the practice of daylight saving time.

As I wrote last year in a letter to the editor of The Washington Times, the disadvantages of daylight saving time outweigh its advantages.

One might say that our adherence to daylight saving time makes it possible for people to enjoy longer hours of sunshine in the summer. But this experience is temporary and switching back in the fall can be very challenging.

Daylight saving time has severe adverse impacts on senior citizens. As people age, they may develop or have higher number of health conditions. Maintaining good physical and mental health, particularly in the senior years, often require following a proper routine for meals, exercise, medication, as well as for social interactions and recreation. Turning the clocks twice a year can cause disruptions in the daily routines of senior citizens, and may therefore affect their health.

Switching to and back from daylight saving time may cause confusion among senior citizens. In particular, time change can be stressful for people with dementia.

The United States of America has an aging population. As a society, we must help ensure that the elderly members of our community are safe and healthy. Therefore, I think we must retire daylight saving time.

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