The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) is presenting a symposium on the role and effects of lighting on older adults to be held in Washington, DC, March 6-7, 2012.

The two-day symposium is designed to disseminate the latest research about the special lighting needs of older adults with aging eyes. The researchers delivering the presentations will address the implications for proper lighting and its effects on vision and health. Topics related to vision include susceptibility to glare, visibility of tasks, prevention of falls, and quality of life (e.g., independent and varying levels of assisted living). Coverage of health will address sleep, depression, and circadian rhythm.

The conference is directed at lighting designers, builders and facilities managers of single and congregate residential housing, builders of commercial buildings, educators, lighting manufacturers, architects, associations and government agencies of all levels serving older adults.

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