07 Oct WHY IS LIGHTING IMPORTANT TO OLDER ADULTS?
It is essential for our Seniors to live comfortably and safely. We all know that as we get older, our senses degenerate, which of course includes our sense of sight. We did some research to help our older adults and we found some very interesting things that can help us understand the importance of lighting and some practical solutions that can be done at home.
The title of the research is “Lighting the Way: A Key to Independence” from AARP Andrus Foundation. Here are some excerpts from the research to give you an idea of its content: How can lighting help me see better at home?
To help overcome the normal changes that occur in your eyes, lighting should be:
• High. Increase light levels by adding fixtures close to your task or selecting light bulbs with more brightness listed on their package. Even more light is required to see small details.
• Glare-free. Avoid direct view of light bulbs, use blinds, shades, or curtains to minimise brightness of windows, and be aware that shiny surfaces can reflect light from bright, glary objects into your eye.
• Uniform. Minimise dark areas within a room.
• Colour enhancing. Use light bulbs with good colour properties to help you discriminate colours.
How can I avoid falling when I get up in the middle of the night?
When your eyes are adapted to the darkness, bright lights can be uncomfortable, but you still need to avoid objects in your path, see light switches, and perhaps find things. You have several ways to
improve your comfort, safety, and ability to see at night:
• Keep a torch near your bed.
• Use nightlights. Select a fixture to leave on all night near your bedroom that provides low light levels.
• Mark the path between the bed and bathroom with one or more plug-in nightlights. These are commonly available with a photosensor that turns the light on automatically at night.
• Install light switches with toggles that glow in the dark. Place switches where you can reach them easily from your bed.
• Use a motion sensor in your hallway to the bathroom to turn on a low-brightness fixture automatically.
These are just some of the practical solutions that you can get from the research. If you want read further, just click on this link: Lighting the Way: A Key to Independence