Weuve and teammates studied links between noise levels experienced at home and cognitive issues. The researchers report that “Participants of the Chicago Health and Aging Project (≥65 years) underwent triennial [every 3 years] cognitive assessments. For the 5 years preceding each assessment, we estimated 5227 participants’ residential level of noise from the community using a spatial prediction model, and estimated associations of noise level with prevalent mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and AD [Alzheimer’s disease], cognitive performance, and rate of cognitive decline.
Long Term Living Facility
Investigators have found that varying lighting in nursing homes during the course of the day, so that light intensity and color mimics lighting conditions outdoors, supports better sleep among residents. Baier, Miller, McCreedy, Uth, Wetle, Noell-Waggoner, Stringer, and Gifford, used data collected from study participants with an average age of 88 to better understand sleep related issues among nursing home residents: “Nursing home residents tend to fall asleep at all hours of the day, and during the night, their sleep may be interrupted by periods of wakefulness. . .
Making positive life experiences more likely
Travers and her colleagues investigated the link between walkability and actual walking among a group of Australian adults over 65 years old.
Papalambros and her team have learned that hearing pink noise while sleeping can enhance sleep quality and memory performance the day after the pink noise is heard among older individuals.
Bedrosian and Nelson studied how being exposed to light at night influences wellbeing and mood.
In much of the developed world, people seem to be struggling to get enough “good” sleep. Design can make it easier for us to drift gently off into healthy sleep—and to stay asleep—whether we’re at home, visiting a hotel, in a hospital bed, or trying to take a nap break at work.
Benson and Coleman have found that more older adults are choosing to “live apart together;” this new way of “co-habitating” has repercussions for home design, for example.
Higher quality environments promote more social interaction
Residents and staff benefit from thoughtful design