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
Principal, Director - Senior Living Studio
With three decades in architecture and design, and nearly fifteen years dedicated to Senior Living, Russ Garber has built a reputation, and made a much-deserved name for himself, as one of the most nationally recognized Senior Living design leaders in the country.