Human vision gets worse with age. In middle age, the lens of the eye becomes less flexible and less able to thicken and thus less able to focus on nearby objects. It also can appear yellow in the elderly due to the accumulation of a pigment associated with age-related wear and tear in the tissue. Therefore the need for better illumination among olred people is increasing. One should also highlight sensitivity to glare.
A natural and regular circadian rhythm is especially important for the elderly, as it affects their immune defence positively and supports good and healthy sleep. When designing lighting for retirement flats in Izola, we were considering all criteria for appropriate illumination for senior living and can confirm that our efforts were largely met.
CLIENT’S BRIEF ABOUT THE HOUSING AND DESIRED LIGHTING
The development comprises 60 flats ranging 36–59 m2 in size, and common public spaces, garages and a garden.
The lighting in the flats should fit the seniors’ lifestyle and visual capacity, while promoting active and healthy living. In short, the client wants lighting that stimulates the tenants for activities during the day, while supporting restful sleep during the night, subsequently improving their wellbeing.