Did you know that the color red plays an important role in increased appetite for someone living with dementia? Boston University biopyschologists found that people living with Alzheimer's disease consumed 25 percent more food while using red plates than white and had an 84% increase in fluids using red drinkware. As the disease progresses, people living with dementia tend to lose an unhealthy amount of weight due to lack of recognition of food, diminished sense of vision, smell, and taste, or chewing/swallowing difficulties.
Many other colors also have a big impact for someone living with dementia.
Blue: This color is said to create peace and calm. This color might be used in someone's bedroom or living room area.
Green: Green represents growth. This color also helps people feel calm.
Red: This is a very stimulating color. It also increases adrenaline.
Orange: Like red this is a stimulating color as well. Orange is related to intuition which provides emotional strength and helps improve feelings of disappointments, despair, and grief.
Yellow: Like red and orange, yellow is also a stimulating color that is said to increase brain wave activity. Therefore, it would most likely be found in activity areas.
Patterns also play a huge role for someone living with dementia. Patterned carpet or tiling may be perceived as a hole in the ground. It is suggested to use block colors of flooring or the same color throughout. Make sure you are also highlighting certain elements in the environment. For example, chairs should be a contrasting color from the floor. This helps the chair stand out to decrease the risk of a fall.
Come to The Views of Cedar Rapids to see how our Meadowview Memory Care incorporates many colors, patterns, and textures and how it allows tenants to remain as independent as possible despite the disease!