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(Course Logo: Adult walking with cane and holding a child's hand)Designing for the Life Span Segment 3

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The interior environment poses as many visualization problems with regard to glare. Double loaded corridors reduce the availability of natural illumination. In the two photo sequence shown, the corridor ends with a window wall that provides a high source of direct glare. The luminaires mounted in the corridor are also a source of glare. This will force those older individuals to the side walls so that they are able to use the handrail (in this retirement community) to negotiate a difficult environmental challenge.

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In senior housing and retirement home settings especially, there is the use of end walls as areas for lounges that are glazed to allow natural illumination. There can be serious spatial negotiation problems for older adults in such interior environments. At the left in this slide is the corridor photographed without an empathic lens - and to the right, with the lens. Here, the low level of general lighting combined with the end window-wall lighting creates a most difficult glare situation. Floor surfaces and doorways disappear, the carpeting seems to be loosened and could trip the shuffling feet of an unsuspecting older adult.

Most older adults will move to one side of the corridor or the other and use the handrail so that they are given some tactile and spatial cues about positioning that would not occur in the center of the hallway.

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