our overall quality of life is an ongoing and ever-changing process that needs attention outside of the kitchen and bathroom as well.
How we “see” during different times of the day and different times of our life can have a huge impact on our daily activities. As we begin to age most everyone knows from experience that our eyes weaken and our distance and close up vision becomes more difficult. Later we can develop cataracts that blur our overall vision. These aging processes can be corrected relatively easy. But our eyes also experience a reduction in clarity there by needing a higher contrast in colors to discern items around us. In addition we develop a higher sensitivity to glare. So simply putting a brighter light in the area can illuminate the objects but also create reflection and
glare which defeats the purpose. Lastly the eye begins to yellow and so does everything we see.
Because many of us or our family members may have been living in the home prior to the start of the eye aging we don’t always notice the gradual transition until years later when reading the paper or working on a craft become difficult and we think it is our age in general and frustration sets in. Having a fresh eye come in to the space and improve task lighting at key activity areas and in critical pathways we can removed that frustration and improved the emotional wellbeing of our aging loved one. Some solutions to these problems can be:
· Reduce glare by using dimmer switches and matte surfaces where ever possible.
· Eliminate bright/dark spots to avoid problems with slower adaptation to the dark
· General lighting should be spread evenly throughout a room
· Task lighting should be flexible and on the side of the better eye
Lastly, if you want to give the room a fresh look to improve spirits, which colors and where they are used is important. For example, if your favorite color is lavender and the eye adds yellow to it you will be seeing gray instead. So think of what the colors in your room would look like with yellow added and see if you think the pillows will still be visible on the sofa and the room is still cheerful.