Simple environmental design solutions to support sleep for healthy aging

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Many older adults experience sleep issues, which can have significant health and well-being implications. Fortunately, promoting better sleep can not only support improved well-being among community residents and staff, but also presents a solid business case for successful social return on investment. While behavioral changes can be difficult to make, emerging research points to new opportunities for using buildings and the environment around us to passively support sleep. Changing our built environment to design for sleep makes the healthy choice the easy choice.

In an article published in the ICAA’s Journal on Active Aging, Delos explores how designing for sleep can enhance the bottom line for residential communities. It discusses common environmental factors that can affect sleep – such as exposure to light at night – offering practical environmental strategies for using the environment to help, rather than hinder, residents’ sleep.