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Could you navigate your world without these everyday signs?

From navigating the stars and waves, we’ve always relied on signs.

Getting from A-to-B is a difficult task without the everyday signs that navigate us, such as traffic signs, fire exits and even shopping aisles.

We all have the ability for our natural instincts to kick in and rely on mental-mapping which is controlled by a region of the brain called the hippocampus.

But compared to animals, we have faulty internal senses of direction.

Studies have found that humans will walk in circles when blindfolded or disorientated by their surroundings, whereas African desert Ants can continue in a straight line for miles!

While sense of direction can deplete with lack of use, we are naturally susceptible to getting lost even in an environment that we are familiar with.

Even though we use landmarks to determine where we are, we can get lost when we see a familiar environment from a different direction because navigation relies on retrieving memories, which the hippocampus controls.

The hippocampus is usually one of the areas damaged first by Alzheimer’s disease, making it harder for someone with the disease to create new memories and learn new information.

Recognising familiar faces and objects becomes increasingly difficult with damage to the visual system in the temporal lobes.

As the vision and hearing pathways are separate, an individual with Alzheimer’s may respond to a location or landmark emotionally, but not be able to recognise it or couple it with directional information.

Signs exist to help a person to navigate their world safely, as it is a struggle to navigate daily life without both directional and instructional signs.

By comparison, life for individuals living with Alzheimer’s can often be just as disorientating as life is for us without signs, depending on the progression of the disease.

Our range of dementia signage was designed to provide an effective way of easing disorientation within the home through specifically selected colours and typeface.

Researched to be consistent and dementia-friendly, our exclusive range of signage is available from us today to help make a real difference in your home.

We also offer bespoke signage on request to provide an emotional connection to further ease confusion and disorientation at home.

To find out more about how signage plays a massive part in our daily life, read our blog here.