Vertical Blinds be of particular interest to the more mature or elderly person for a number of reasons. As we age, a process that we all reluctantly but will hopefully experience, our eye sight begins to deteriorate. As a consequence of this less light is able to penetrate the eyes, light has been linked to having an effect on our feelings, moods and sleep patterns which may make people feel more irritable, tired and consequently more miserable. These kinds of feelings are not only the reserve of those who are susceptible to the winter blues or seasonal affective disorder but can unfortunately only to easily be related to, by the more mature or elderly person. Just as light therapy has been used in the treatment of these symptoms for seasonal adjustment disorder it is also thought by some to be of use in alleviating these symptoms in the more mature and elderly person. Light enables the release of the hormone serotonin in the brain, serotonin is known to not only lift mood but also have a beneficial effect on sleep. It is known that the disturbance and lack of sleep, and sleep disorders can have an effect on memory, but is also thought that sleep can have a bearing on the amount of pain that we are sensitive to. Having aches and pains, being forgetful or having a poor memory are common complaints of many people, especially the more mature or elderly person. Whilst not curing any of these symptoms, being exposed to more light surely can only be of benefit in alleviating them.
Vitamin D is an important vitamin that is provided by Sunlight, the light is absorbed through the skin and the body then converts this into this most useful vitamin. Vitamin D is useful in maintaining muscle tone and strength, something which again many, with age can relate to the loss of. When it is considered that both eyesight and muscle tone are lost it is little wonder that for many co-ordination is affected, particularly if hearing loss is also an issue.
While the body ages for many, the mind does not; therefore it should be of little surprise that when we begin to age that independence can be fiercely fought for. Any offers of advice or help can quickly be rebuffed and all parties concerned can end up feeling inadequate, humiliated and frustrated. Anything that helps not only to maintain, but also help to foster feelings of independence, should be considered.
The mechanisms of vertical blinds make the manoeuvrability and management of them easy, a definite consideration as muscle tone and strength may be lost during the ageing process. Should this continue to be an issue or of concern, motorised vertical blinds are available, removing the need to wait for, or request assistance with their adjustments, this allows a person to maintain their independence and reduce frustration. As coordination begins to be lost it is not always easy to get around, we are at more risk of tumbles and falls as we age. Long curtains that adorn many large windows, patio doors and doorways can be problematic creating a tripping hazard. Many people have to use walking aids, a wheel chair or motorised scooter. Vertical blinds are the perfect alternative as they are easily drawn back making them an ideal covering for larger windows doors and patio doors where the weight of curtains or other types of blind could be an issue. Older people can often feel lonely or isolated; having an uninterrupted view of the garden from a window where birds, nature and the seasons can be observed can bring much joy into people’s lives. The coming and goings of friends and neighbours as they go about their daily business can be seen and assist in helping to alleviate these feelings, by giving a sense of belonging and being more involved in the world and its daily events. Especially when access to the outside world and participation is made easier by independently being able to manoeuvre any aids which help with mobility, without the worry of the fabric getting caught up in walking sticks, frames or in the wheels of a wheelchair or motorised scooter.
Another great bonus in choosing to install Vertical blinds as a choice of window dressing is that they are able to reduce the amount of dust and insects that are able to enter and settle into a room when windows are open. Vertical blinds hold far less dust than many other kinds of window dressing, reducing the amount of dusting and house work that is required, anything that is able to reduce the amount of work to do is always welcome and a real bonus for anyone. On top of all of this, vertical blinds are able to change the dimensions of a room, making small rooms feel large, light and airy. This can be a real bonus for anyone who is considering downsizing their home, as many people do as they begin to age. This light airy feeling can be achieved by simply swivelling the blind, which in turn has a bearing on the amount of light that is able to come into the room. Vertical blinds also have the benefit of being partially or fully drawn to the side in a similar way to curtains, but continue to allow the window to be almost fully exposed in a similar way to roller blinds allowing the maximum of light to enter the room but have the option of offering more privacy. Something that is cherished by everyone.