Here’s some studies about vitamin D, bright light, and dementia:

Relationship Between 25-Hydroxyvitamin D and Cognitive Function in Older Adults: The Health, Aging and Body Composition Study (2014)

Conclusion: In a 4-year study of 2,777 elderly people found that those with lower vitamin D levels had worse cognitive function and experienced a greater decline in cognitive function over the 4 years compared to those with higher vitamin D levels.

 

Vitamin D and the Risk of Dementia and Alzheimer Disease (2014)

Conclusion: In an 8-year study of 1,658 elderly people, there was an increased rate of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia among those with lower vitamin D levels compared to those with higher vitamin D levels.

 

Light Therapy and Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia: Past, Present, and Future (2012)

Conclusion: Overview of the research showing how bright light therapy has been found to be effective for improving behavior and quality of life in elderly people with dementia.

 

Vitamin D and Neurocognitive Dysfunction: Preventing “D”ecline? (2008)

Note: This article provides an overview of how vitamin D plays a role in brain health during old age and can help prevent dementia and alzheimer’s.

 

The Effects of Light Therapy on Mini-Mental State Examination Scores in Demented Patients (2001)

Conclusion: Bright light therapy is an effective treatment for improving cognitive performance in people with dementia.

 

Effects of Bright Light on Cognitive and Sleep–Wake (Circadian) Rhythm Disturbances in Alzheimer-Type Dementia (2000)

Conclusion: This study found bright light therapy to be an effective treatment for improving the circadian rhythm and cognitive performance in elderly dementia patients.

 

Randomized, DIM Light Controlled, Crossover Test of Morning Bright Light Therapy for Rest-Activity Rhythm Disorders in Patients with Vascular Dementia and Dementia of Alzheimer’s Type (1998)

Conclusion: This study found that bright light therapy improved sleep and the sleep/wake cycle of elderly dementia patients.

 

Morning Bright Light Therapy for Sleep and Behavior Disorders in Elderly Patients with Dementia (1994)

Conclusion: Morning bright light therapy was shown to be effective for improving sleep and behavior disorders in demented elderly patients. (You know… like SUNLIGHT)

 

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