Lighting For Senior Facilities by Craig Dilouie - Energy Watch News

Lighting For Senior Facilities by Craig Dilouie

Nearly 50 million people aged 65 and over live in the United States, with about 1 million living in more than 30,000 assisted-living communities, according to the National Center for Assisted Living. Moving forward, according to the Population Reference Bureau, the 65+ segment of the population is expected to double to nearly 100 million by 2060, increasing its total population share to 24 percent. This will very likely result in increased demand for senior facilities in the future. These facilities range from retirement housing to assisted-living facilities to nursing homes and hospice, with the average age being 83 to 86. They can be challenging for lighting design, as the visual system undergoes physiological changes with age that can reduce visual acuity and color discrimination while heightening sensitivity to glare. As a result, a higher percentage of elderly people have vision impairment compared to the rest of the population. This article introduces basic lighting design principles for senior facilities.

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