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Research Article  |   April 1985
A Model for Implementing Color Contrast in the Environment Of the Elderly
Author Affiliations
  • Barbara Acheson Cooper, MH Sc, Dip POT, is Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8N325
Article Information
Geriatrics/Productive Aging / Features
Research Article   |   April 1985
A Model for Implementing Color Contrast in the Environment Of the Elderly
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 1985, Vol. 39, 253-258. doi:10.5014/ajot.39.4.253
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 1985, Vol. 39, 253-258. doi:10.5014/ajot.39.4.253
Abstract

Much has been written on the use of color as a functional facilitator in the environment of the elderly, but little information is available on how to implement it. This paper a) restates the main age-acquired visual defects, b) critically examines the literature on the use of environmental color, and then c) proposes a model which incorporates the factors that enhance visual clarity and Johannes Itten’s rules of color contrast. Implicit in the application of color to enhance vision is a clear understanding of the main functional purpose of the area to be heightened.