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Ageing adults live in 'biological darkness'

All adults experience a deterioration in their sight as they get older. Changes take place in our visual system that can have a huge impact on our lives and our ability to live independently. Recent research conducted in Europe and the USA has found that 93% of homes (and their occupants) are in 'Biological Darkness'.

This deficiency is more extreme for older adults because, as we age, we need more light. In fact, a 65-year old needs twice as much light as a 21-year old. Sadly, many people don't realise there is a problem as they have become so used to their existing, poor lighting that they just don't notice it anymore.

This level of under-lighting not only has a huge impact on our physical, mental and emotional health but also on our cognitive ability – accelerating, and exacerbating, conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Good lighting has a critical role to play in maintaining our physical and mental health as we age and, in many cases, simply increasing the output of existing lighting isn’t helpful.

If you would like to know more about this topic, contact us and will email you our free Lighting Guide for Older Adults. For a fresh look at your lighting and advice on tackling inadequate lighting in your home, book your free call today.

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