In April I attended LightFair, an international lighting convention that meets every year. The newest technology is shown their as well as 4 days of classes. This past April this was held in San Diego. I attended numerous classes in the newly created "Healthcare" category. One that I was especially interested in was conducted by Connie Samla from SMUD (Sacramento Municipal Utility District. In the class she talked about a project in which the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) was invited to participate. This project involved a trial installation of a tunable LED lighting system in an ACC Care Center in Sacrament, CA. The results are very exciting as the staff reported a number of health-related benefits. These included a reduction in agitated behaviors, psychotropic and sleep medications were reduced for one of the residents, and a decrease in the number of patient falls which may be attributed at least in part to the change in lighting. It was also reported that other residents were choosing the newly upgraded LED corridor to "hang-out" in.
As I began Lumen Element my main question was, "what if lighting could make a difference in the lives of those living with Alzheimer's and other neuro-cognitive diseases". This study and others that are beginning to come out support the idea that yes, lighting can have a positive impact on these individuals and others living in care communities.
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