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Recommended Practice: Lighting and the Visual Environment for Older Adults and the Visually Impaired

The IES Aged and Partially Sighted Committee has worked to make this current Recommended Practice document inclusive of current research and design practice for the above population to help them maintain a quality of life into their third age. Loss of independence has been identified as the greatest fear of aging, so today’s senior will be looking for answers to maximize their aging vision. The guidance provided in this document is intended to serve a wide range of users, including individuals, design professionals, owners and managers of commercial buildings, code and regulatory agencies, and legislative bodies. It is well understood that healthcare costs will increase as the elderly population ages. As the society braces for this huge economic impact, appropriate lighting and a supportive visual environment should be considered as a preventive measure to reduce the risk of falls, sleep disorders and long-term care, and therefore given a top priority by all code officials, governmental agencies and the tax-paying public.

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Illuminating Engineering Society of North America [IESNA]

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