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At Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community, we are committed to providing the highest quality care for our residents. We are excited to announce the addition of circadian lighting in our newly renovated memory care area, Rose Gardens Neighborhood at Greenway. This innovative lighting solution is designed to support the natural rhythms of our residents, particularly those with Alzheimer’s and dementia-related illnesses.

What is Circadian Lighting?

Circadian lighting is a lighting system designed to mimic the natural progression of sunlight throughout the day, aligning with the body’s circadian rhythm. The circadian rhythm is a 24-hour internal clock that regulates sleep-wake cycles, hormone release, and other vital bodily functions. Proper exposure to light and dark cycles is crucial for maintaining these rhythms, especially for older adults who may experience disruptions due to age or illness.

Benefits of Circadian Lighting for Memory Care Residents

1. Improved Sleep Patterns:
   One of the primary benefits of circadian lighting is its ability to enhance sleep quality. Poor sleep is a common issue among those with dementia, often leading to increased agitation and confusion. By simulating natural daylight, circadian lighting helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle, promoting better sleep at night and more alertness during the day .

2. Reduction in Behavioral Symptoms:
   Exposure to appropriate lighting levels can help reduce some behavioral symptoms of dementia, such as sundowning, where residents become more agitated and confused during the late afternoon and evening. Proper lighting can help mitigate these symptoms by supporting a more natural transition from day to night .

3. Enhanced Mood and Cognitive Function:
   Adequate light exposure has been linked to improved mood and cognitive function. Natural light can stimulate the production of serotonin, a hormone associated with mood regulation. By incorporating circadian lighting, we aim to create a more positive and stimulating environment for our residents .

Our Commitment to Innovative Care

At Still Hopes, we continuously strive to adopt innovative approaches that enhance the well-being of our residents. The addition of circadian lighting in our memory care area is a testament to our dedication to providing state-of-the-art care. By embracing the latest advancements in lighting technology, we ensure that our residents live in an environment that supports their health and happiness. We invite families and caregivers to visit our community and see firsthand the difference that thoughtful, evidence-based design can make in the lives of our residents.

For more information about our memory care services and other amenities, please visit our website or contact our team at Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community. You can also catch the virtual tour here:



- The Lighting Practice
- National Center for Biotechnology Information
- Alzheimer's Society