As we age, the amount of daylight we experience impacts our health and well being more and more. Creating living spaces that bring in natural light can help active adults receive the light that they need. Below are just a few examples of health issues related to insufficient natural light.

Sleep disorders
As we age, sleep disorders become much more common. Circadian rhythms are physiological effects that last about 24 hours. They have effects on our sleep, activity level, appetite and mood. Proper lighting assists in overcoming circadian rhythm disturbances.

Depression
Depression afflicts people of all ages, but the elderly are particularly vulnerable. Daylight can brighten the room and the moods of all in it.

Reduced calcium absorption
As we age, our bones absorb less Calcium, which makes them become weaker. Sunlight provides Vitamin D that leads to more Calcium absorption and stronger bones.

Source: Let There Be Light or Face the Consequences; Eunice Noell-Wagoner, LC, IES; Center for an Aging Society