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Participate in a "Healthy Lighting" Study for People with Alzheimer's and Diabetes

The Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) is recruiting participants for a study on the benefits of "healthy lighting" for people with Alzheimer's disease and Type 2 diabetes. Our research has shown that light can help people feel better by increasing alertness, reducing depression and agitation, and improving sleep.

We are currently seeking participants over age 60 with Alzheimer's disease and Type 2 diabetes, who are not on insulin, for a new study funded by the U.S. National Institute on Aging. The research team will provide participants with lighting that has been shown to improve sleep, and reduce depression and agitation. We are accepting participants at assisted living facilities, nursing homes, retirement communities, and individuals living at home.

If you would like to learn more about participating in the study, please contact Barbara Plitnick, R.N., at
518-276-7166 or email

Thank you for your interest!

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