UNLV using neuroscience to design rooms for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s patients

A man with Alzheimer’s disease makes breakfast but forgets a pan on the stove, causing a small fire. A woman who has Parkinson’s disease struggles to reach a high shelf in her closet and falls. They’re the moments when the design of a room and the objects in it become glaringly problematic for people suffering from health problems, and they’re the types of design gaps UNLV’s new master’s degree program in health care interior design hopes to resolve. “This pioneering program is very important to UNLV, Nevada and the design professions because it is designed to accelerate progress toward understanding how human health, cognitive performance and physical well-being are impacted by the built interior environment,” Attila Lawrence, UNLV professor and coordinator for the new program, said via email. A product…


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