What is Color Therapy for Seniors

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Understanding Color Therapy and How it Helps Seniors

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on

While interior designers have long hailed the atmospheric properties of color usage, understanding color therapy can help Grand Rapids caregivers as well. Color therapy, or chromotherapy, is part of a branch of creative healing therapies that can be used to help seniors create the perfect living space.

How Color Therapy Works

Chromotherapy is, essentially, using color in therapeutic ways. The effects of color on everything from physics to people have been studied, and although exactly how color is therapeutic is still unclear, no one debates that color can, in fact, affect mood.

What Feelings Colors Evoke

  • Red is a strong and invigorating color that has been used for stimulating poor appetite, as well as treating fatigue, low blood pressure, and low iron.
  • Yellow, which is typically thought of as a bright and happy color, has been used by color therapists for cleansing and purifying purposes, benefiting both the specialized cells of the nervous system and the nutrient giving aspects of the digestive system.
  • White is a calming color, and is probably one of the most frequently used interior colors. It is also cleansing and strengthening as well.
  • Blue helps induce feelings of peacefulness, and color therapists say it can reduce stress and even assist with inflammation.
  • Green is a color vastly found in natural environments, so not surprisingly, it is associated with soothing and balancing properties, as well as lowering blood pressure.

How Color Can Help Seniors

Color research and methods can easily be incorporated into living spaces for seniors. Keep in mind that the visual spectrum of seniors may be diminished, so consider using color contrasts to make color usage more dramatic and noticeable.

  • In the bedroom. If your senior loved one has a hard time sleeping, try switching the color of their bedding and adding more white, blue, and green to their bedroom with throw pillows, blankets, curtains, or artwork.
  • In the kitchen. Appetite can diminish with age. If your senior loved one has little to no appetite, consider using red plates or placemats to help increase appetite. You can even go so far as to replace current kitchen accessories with red ones, use red dishtowels, and keep a vase of red flowers (real of fake) on the kitchen table.
  • In the living room. Add a few pops of bright colors like yellows and oranges to help your loved one stay focused, alert, and avoid daytime sleepiness.

You don’t have to redo your senior loved one’s entire home, but you may want to try making a few small changes here and there, or tackle a specific room that’s been problematic.

If you’d like more tips on improving your senior loved one’s living space, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We are proud to offer hourly, live-in, and expert Alzheimer’s care in Grand Rapids, MI. Our caregivers are put through an extensive background check, highly trained, and experienced to handle a wide variety of daily tasks from grocery shopping to personal grooming.

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