Circadian lighting is important to everyone’s health and well-being. Elderly, however, have unique challenges which amplifies the importance of implementing proper circadian lighting to mitigate the risks. Among those challenges are decreased mobility, more time spent indoors under electric lighting, yellowing lenses and greater sensitivity to glare – all of which decrease circadian amplitude. In a memory care unit, a lack of proper circadian rhythm can lead to negative behavioral outcome, such as agitation, nighttime wandering, sundowning and accelerated cognitive decline. This session will go through the science of what to do, give design application examples from a memory care facility and provide feedback from early adopters of circadian lighting.
- Recognize the challenges of the aging eye.
- Determine what circadian dysfunction looks like in the elderly.
- Learn design principles for circadian lighting in the elderly.
- Understand the benefits for circadian lighting in the elderly.
BIOS: Biological Innovation & Optimization Systems
Robert Soler is CSTO at BIOS Lighting. Prior to BIOS, his most prominent work was with NASA, where he helped design the first LED light for use on the International Space Station (ISS) and later was the LED subject matter expert for the circadian lighting system designed for International Space Station. He is named inventor on over 90 issued patents in the US and has presented at the most prominent lighting conferences such as Lightfair, Strategies in Light, Leducation, and Lightshow West.