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Lighting Automation May Help Seniors Age in Place

Posted by Regina Lawler on Aug 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Many seniors prefer to stay in their homes as long as possible. Sometimes, this means accepting a little extra help around the house, be it from family members or hired caregivers. Whatever the case, a good, knowledgeable support system is necessary for seniors who want to age in place, and technology is one of the greatest tools seniors and their caregivers can utilize while staying independent in their own homes.

One of the most useful tools available today are home automation systems. These systems can control everything from heating and air conditioning systems, to televisions, to automatic door locks. Recently, some researchers have started to look into whether or not automated lighting can help people who suffer from circadian rhythm disorders.

39 percent of seniors have reported experiencing some type of trouble sleeping, whether it’s having insomnia or waking several times during the night. One study looked at the important role that light plays in our sleep patterns and found that irregular lighting during hours when we should be asleep can interrupt circadian rhythms, while lighting during the proper timesdaytime hourscan actually help balance sleep patterns, preventing or limiting episodes of insomnia.

If you or a senior loved one wants to live at home a little while longer, lighting automation is just one of the many helpful technological tools that you might want to consider adding to the home. It will benefit the senior and their caregivers both mentally and physically by providing proper sleep patterns and peace of mind.

 

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Regina Lawler

Written by: Regina Lawler

Regina Lawler, Resident Services Director, has worked at Country Cottage since the first day the doors opened. She began as a Homemaker before being quickly promoted to Coordinator and then to Resident Services Director. Regina feels she has found her “place in life” and says “I will be here long after I’m old enough to be one of the residents. I love my residents as if they were my own family.” Regina has her Assisted Living Administrator’s License and Assisted Living Federation Association’s National Lifetime Administrative Certificate. Regina grew up in the Mount Hebron Community and attends North Russellville Baptist Church. She has been married to Perry Lawler for 32 years and has one son. In her spare time, she enjoys walking and cross-stitching.