Did you know that different colors and hues can have varying impacts on the brain and human behavior? Essentially this also means that every color has a tremendous, but subtle influence on how you feel at any given time. But this is especially true for mature adults living with dementia. After all, they can be exceptionally useful in providing a better quality of care. Hence, read on to see how specific colors can positively influence those with dementia.
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the color green? Is it the fresh plants and lush greenery? After all, green is a color that represents growth and vitality. This means that you will unconsciously feel energized and fresh by looking at the color green. At the same time, did you also know that green is also known as the most relaxing of hues? This is because studies have shown that green can help people stay calm by reducing activity levels in the central nervous system. This creates a sense of calmness, and secureness– all just by looking at the color green. Moreover, the use of the color green in a room will also make it look bigger. Lime green, in particular, is beneficial for visual attention in people with dementia. For best results, make use of lime green for visual signals in restrooms, bedrooms, and walkers.
Similar to the color green, blue hues also work incredibly well in evoking a restful and calming effect. In fact, according to color psychology, blue is also often seen as a sign of stability. Essentially this means that if a room is painted with blue walls, mature adults with dementia will feel calm and more emotionally stable. Other studies have also found similar results – blue-colored rooms appear cooler than rooms painted in red or orange colors, and employing blue in the physical environment can also decrease blood pressure for those with dementia. However, be wary that the color blue has been found to suppress one’s appetite. Thus, unless you are looking to reduce your food intake or start a diet, try to avoid the color blue during meal times. Instead, make use of the calmness of blue in a quieter space like your bedroom.
Next, we have red – the color associated with passion, and strength. Similarly, the color red also enhances brain wave activity. Which, in certain situations, you might also experience an increase in adrenaline levels. At the same time, red rooms also give an illusion of a smaller room while increasing the felt temperature. Did you also know that studies found that red can have other positive physical impacts? Some of them include increased metabolic rate and higher confidence levels. So how can you use the color red to benefit mature adults with dementia? Use red as a way to draw the attention of someone living with dementia. In addition, use red-colored dinner plates and utensils to stimulate the appetite and have better contrast with food.