Better Lighting Means Better Brain Health
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The importance of proper lighting to the health of your eyes can’t be understated. But did you know that poorly lit environments can also have a negative effect on cognitive abilities?
A recent Michigan State University study has found that spending too much time in dimly lit rooms may actually change the brain’s structure and harm memory and learning abilities.
The study found that rodents exposed to dimly lit surroundings for a month straight lost roughly 30% of their capacity in the hippocampus, a brain region that plays an important role in transferring information to the memory, compared to their well-lit counterparts.
Researchers have concluded that dim light causes significant reductions in a chemical that helps maintain healthy connections between brain cells. The good news is that changes may not be permanent. When the study’s test rodents were removed entirely from dim light for a month, their brains recovered and they regained their ability to perform simple memory-reliant tasks.
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These findings could eventually lead to treatments that could improve cognitive function for older adults, whose eyes gradually become less responsive to light, and for those with eye diseases, according to the researchers. At Parc Provence, we’re dedicated to keeping our residents comfortable and engaged in a homelike environment filled with brightly lit areas of all kinds.
The Parc Provence community features an array of expansive well lit apartments and living, dining, and entertainment spaces. Our various living arrangements include a wealth of up-to-date light fixtures as well as large windows for allowing plenty of natural light. Parc Provence puts its residents’ well-being before all else when designing the perfect memory care community.
Learn more about this study and its findings in this AARP article. To learn more about the many upscale living amenities and memory care services at Parc Provence, or to schedule your own personal tour, give us a call at 314-542-2500.