Three Approaches to Lighting for Senior Living
As the aging population in the United States continues to grow, designers and architects have to design projects with the healthcare needs of older adults in mind.
For people over the age of 65 (“older adults”), architects and designers must address biology-based aging and incident-based frailty concerns. Particular concerns include fall risk, socialization, physical and mental stimulation, and well-being. Lighting is an area of particular importance to older adults.
To address this issue, M+A Architects partnered with a group of design researchers to complete an audit of peer-reviewed research concerning lighting for senior living. The research generated three categories of lighting effects: Emotional Balance, Performance, and Fall Prevention. Based on these findings, we propose three strategic, health-based approaches to planning, installing, and using lighting in senior living environments.
by Russ Garber
Director - Senior Living Studio
Russ has been immersed in the senior living market for over a decade. Based on a growing need in our society, this type of work quickly evolved into his industry calling. When he's not designing senior living facilities, you might find him having a meal at his favorite Columbus restaurant: The Blue Danube.