Application of artificial sunlight for the elderly as a possible environmental nursing practice

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Goto, Shigeru, Nakano, Toshiaki, Chen, Chao-Long, Chiu, King-Wah, Hsu, Li-Wen, I, Seiko, Chen, I-Hsuan, Huang, Kuang-Tzu, Chen, Ding-Wei, Goto, Takeshi, Omori, Naoya, Sato, Syuji, Kai, Hideki, Tsuruta, Wataru, Kai, Mashiko, Bahau, Simon Peter, Takaoka, Yuki, Tane, Eriko, Yuyama, Kayoko, ... Iida, Kanae. (2018). Application of artificial sunlight for the elderly as a possible environmental nursing practice. POJ Nursing Practice and Research. 2(1), pp. 1 - 5. https://doi.org/10.32648/2577-9516/2/1/002
AuthorsGoto, Shigeru, Nakano, Toshiaki, Chen, Chao-Long, Chiu, King-Wah, Hsu, Li-Wen, I, Seiko, Chen, I-Hsuan, Huang, Kuang-Tzu, Chen, Ding-Wei, Goto, Takeshi, Omori, Naoya, Sato, Syuji, Kai, Hideki, Tsuruta, Wataru, Kai, Mashiko, Bahau, Simon Peter, Takaoka, Yuki, Tane, Eriko, Yuyama, Kayoko, Wano, Chieko, Inoue, Eiko, Lord, Roger and Iida, Kanae
Abstract

Aging and aged societies have arrived in many countries where significant development of medicine and the economy has been achieved. Japan is a highly aged society with a shortage of carers both at home and in long-term care settings. In fact, more persons of advanced age who do not need intensive care in hospitals strongly desire health care to be delivered in their own home with their family. Environmental nursing practice, which means that nurses improve the environment of patients or the elderly properly in accordance with healthcare considerations, is currently playing a more important role, not only to prevent the elderly from contracting various diseases, but also to provide a facility for supporting an aged person to live a fulfilling life, preferably one that includes independence. This approach will lead to a reduction in medical expenditure by increasing the number of aged people with healthy longevity without the need for hospitalization or intensive care. This short communication focuses on healthy lighting for the elderly based on our research and experience regarding the beneficial effects of artificial sunlight on nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), asthma and food allergy, and ulcerative colitis in experimental animal models and clinical settings. Then, we review other studies and discuss how artificial sunlight would be useful for the elderly as one of the environmental nursing practices.

KeywordsArtificial Sunlight; Phototherapy; Elderly People; Environmental Nursing; Vitamin D
Year2018
JournalPOJ Nursing Practice and Research
Journal citation2 (1), pp. 1 - 5
PublisherProskolar Publishers
ISSN2577-9516
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.32648/2577-9516/2/1/002
Open accessOpen access
Page range1 - 5
Research GroupSchool of Behavioural and Health Sciences
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Place of publicationUnited States of America
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