sleep disorders and alzheimers

How Room Lighting Affects Dementia

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Lighting plays a crucial role in shaping our environment and, by extension, our health. For individuals with dementia, the impact of lighting is even more significant. Dementia, a condition characterized by a decline in cognitive function, affects millions of people worldwide. Research indicates that appropriate room lighting can greatly influence the well-being and daily functioning of those living with dementia. The Importance of Circadian Rhythms Our bodies operate on a biological clock...
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Dementia And Excessive Sleep

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Sleep problems are often experienced by people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. It is not entirely clear why this is such a common issue with Alzheimer's disease and dementia, but scientists believe that, along with memory and behavior changes, the impact of Alzheimer's on the brain can also affect sleep. This may result in less time in deep sleep and more time awake at night. Additional difficulties may include excessive sleepiness or agitation during the day and abnormal movements or brea...
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Sleep And Dementia Risk | Millennium Memory Care

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Sleep problems are familiar to Alzheimer’s patients and those who care for them. The experience of sleep disorders is quite common for individuals with Alzheimer’s. What has not been entirely clear is which comes first: Alzheimer’s disease or the related sleep disorders. Experts have suspected that areas of the brain responsible for regulating sleep are damaged in individuals with Alzheimer’s, leading to poor quality sleep. Now, brain scientists at Oregon Health & Science University sugge...
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Lighting Intervention in Memory Care Homes for People with Dementia

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Research out of Penn State's Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing and the College of Engineering has received a grant from the National Institute on Aging. The grant is being used to investigate the effects of ambient lighting interventions in nursing homes. Specifically, this investigation will examine ambient lighting's effects on residents with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. As the disease progresses, dementia affects just about all aspects of everyday life. The most common sym...
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Sleep and Dementia Risks

Sleep and Dementia Risks
With a loved one newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, you may notice and change in sleeping patterns. For example, it may become increasingly difficult for them to fall back asleep if they wake up in the middle of the night. New sleep problems are believed to result from changes caused by these brain diseases, but studies are being conducted to examine if poor sleep is the precursor to dementia, and not the other way around. Researchers are now drawing more and more li...
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