Study finds that bright lights benefit dementia sufferers


Posted on April 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A study has found that bright lights in care homes benefit people with dementia.

A controlled trial has found that increasing light intensity in care homes can improve the quality of life for people with dementia and those who care for them.

Using considerably stronger light improved cognition in people with dementia, enhanced their sense of night and day, enabled them to sleep better and reduced levels of depression.

The Alzheimer’s Society has commented on the findings, saying that more research is now needed to develop simple designs that would maximise bright light and influence recommendations for future care home design.

“We need more light to see properly as we get older and this is often not taken into account when equipping care homes that cater for older people,” says the society.





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