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How does light affect someone with Alzheimer's or dementia?

Studies by researchers at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York showed that light therapy tailored to increase the circadian stimulation during the day benefitted individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia living in long-term care settings.

Produced by natural factors in the body, circadian rhythms are also affected by the environment. Light influences these rhythms, turning on or off the genes that control a person’s biological clock.  Circadian rhythms impact many bodily functions, including sleep-wake cycles, hormone release and body temperature.

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