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How Color and Design Can Promote Safety and Well-Being

Updated: Jun 28, 2023

Aging in place lingo is gaining popularity. It simply implies someone is staying in their own home as they age. This is partly due to the desire for independence and comfort in familiar surroundings, and also the affordability of homes. Due to the recognition that with the right design and color choices, seniors can stay safe and comfortable in their homes for longer. Let's explore the role of color and design in promoting safety and well-being for seniors aging in place.

The Importance of Color for Aging Eyes

As we age, our eyes undergo various changes that can impact our ability to perceive color. For example, the lenses in our eyes may become less clear, making it harder to distinguish between similar colors. Additionally, the retina may receive less light, making colors appear less bright. To compensate for these changes, it's important to choose colors that are high in contrast and brightness. For example, using light-colored walls with dark-colored furniture can help objects stand out, making them easier to see and navigate. Soft, muted colors can also be soothing and create a calming atmosphere, which can be beneficial for seniors who may experience anxiety or depression.

Falls are a major concern for seniors, as they can cause serious injury and even death. In fact, according to the National Council on Aging, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among older adults. Fortunately, there are many design and color choices that can help prevent falls and promote safety. For example, using non-slip rugs and mats can prevent slips and falls, while bright, contrasting colors can help seniors distinguish between different surfaces and avoid tripping hazards. Additionally, adding grab bars and handrails in key areas like the bathroom and stairways can provide additional support and prevent falls.

If you're looking to make your home more senior-friendly, there are many products available on Amazon that can help. For example, you can find easy-to-install wallpaper that can add a pop of color and texture without overwhelming a space.

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Non-slip rugs and mats are also available in a variety of styles and sizes, so you can find the perfect fit for your home. Consider a rug for the stairs. Rugs can add contrast to a surface to define steps. *please make sure its secured.

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In addition, there are many grab bars and handrails available on Amazon that can be installed quickly and easily.

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Aging in place can be a wonderful way to maintain independence and comfort in your own home as you age. By choosing the right colors and designs, you can also promote safety and well-being. If you are considering making changes to your home to ensure a comfortable and safe future, follow along as I do a deep in aging in place.

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