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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Bright lights slow dementia patients’ decline


My mother often tries to sit in a dark room. I find that sunlight from windows and brighter lamps at night brighten her miood.
clipped from www.msnbc.msn.com
Brightening the lights for elderly people with dementia, in combination with a daily dose of the sleep hormone melatonin, improved their mood, sleep, and overall well-being, Dutch researchers said on Tuesday.
"The strong point of our findings was that effects were so prominent over a wide range of measurements of different aspects of functioning, suggesting a very strong improvement of the quality of life," said Eus van Someren of the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, in Amsterdam.
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