WOW! Light and enlightening: New Alzheimer's Center
Posted Apr 20 2009 12:59am
I read this article about the new Alzheimer's Day Care and Resource Center in Eureka, California. Key words here: light and bright light. This caught my attention because I just wrote a few days ago about how bright light has a very positive effect on my mother.
"This building was built for people like my wife and me,” said Doug Durham. “There are a lot of us.”
Durham has spent many years as the primary caregiver for his wife, who has Alzheimer's. His wife of nearly 50 years first discounted the symptoms as CRS, “can't remember stuff,” before her diagnosis in January 1998. The center's ability to provide respite has, he said, been essential to dealing with challenges of caring for his wife.
A hallway runs in a square to allow clients a safe and contained place to roam. Inside the square are a number of amenities, from a large living room to the two-story atrium topped with peaks of translucent glass. The living room includes a cubby to hold walkers.
The structure's lights are specially designed to adjust depending upon the level of natural light.
All is illuminated with windows -- whether from skylights or the expansive windows that stretch more than halfway between the ceiling and the floor in many of the rooms. The floor coverings are bright and cheerful, from a rich turquoise to a soft orange. Interior designer Betsy Brawley ran the palette from light to bright and back.
Bob DeMarco is a citizen journalist, blogger, and Caregiver. In addition to being an experienced writer he taught at the University of Georgia , was an Associate Director and Limited Partner at Bear Stearns, the CEO of IP Group, and a mentor. Bob currently resides in Delray Beach, FL where he cares for his mother, Dorothy, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. He has written more than 500 articles with more than 11,000 links to his work on the Internet. His content has been syndicated on Reuters, the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Pluck, Blog Critics, and a growing list of newspaper websites. Bob is actively seeking syndication and writing assignments.