ANCHOR LEAD: SIMPLY EXPOSING OLDER FOLKS TO LIGHT HELPS SOME DEMENTIA SYMPTOMS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Light is a powerful regulator of mood, sleep wake cycles, and some behaviors. Now a new study demonstrates that exposing folks with dementia to broad spectrum light may help slow down dementia progression, while the supplement melatonin doesn’t seem to help. Michelle Bellantoni, a geriatrician at Johns Hopkins, thinks facilities for older people should pay attention.
BELLANTONI: The results were most impressive for the light exposure group. They showed an improvement in cognitive scores and behavior, and while these did deteriorate over the years of the study the amount of cognitive decline was better in the light exposed group. And very similar to what we see in with the drugs we use to prevent decline in dementia patients. :26
Light exposure is easy to do and has no side effects, and may also help staff mood and behavior as well. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.