Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Research

For all of those with relatives who have Alzheimer's and dementia, this article was really interesting and had many practical tips for caregivers.

This one really stood out for me:

"A study in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that brightening lights in dementia facilities decreased depression, cognitive deterioration and loss of functional abilities. Increased light bolsters circadian rhythms and helps patients see better so they can be more active, said Elizabeth C. Brawley, a dementia care design expert not involved in the study, adding, 'If I could change one thing in these places it would be the lighting.' "

Oh, Journal of the American Medical Association. I am sure your study was sound and your science solid. But how do I apply this knowledge to Grandma, a proud and intrepid member of the Con Ed Light Bulb Police Squad?

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