Light therapy in smart healthcare facilities for older adults : an overview

J. Hoof, van, M.P.J. Aarts, A.C. Westerlaken, B. Schrader, E.J.M. Wouters, H.T.G. Weffers, M.B.C. Aries

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Light therapy is applied as treatment for a variety of problems related to health and ageing, including dementia. Light therapy is administered via light boxes, light showers, and ambient bright light using ceiling-mounted luminaires. Long-term care facilities are currently installing dynamic lighting systems with the aim to improve the well-being of residents with dementia and to decrease behavioural symptoms. The aim of this chapter is to provide an overview of the application of ceiling-mounted dynamic lighting systems as a part of intelligent home automation systems found in healthcare facilities. Examples of such systems are provided and their implementation in practice is discussed. The available, though limited, knowledge has not yet been converted into widespread implementable lighting solutions, and the solutions available are often technologically unsophisticated and poorly evaluated from the perspective of end-users. New validated approaches to the design and application of ambient bright light are needed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRecent advances in ambient intelligence and context-aware computing
EditorsK. Curran
Place of PublicationHershey, PA, USA
PublisherIGI Global
ISBN (Print)9781466672840
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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