Have you heard about the Dutch village that’s really a facility for the memory-impaired?

July 23rd, 2012 1 Comment

Picture this: a small village at the edge of Amsterdam with shops, a cafe, hairdresser, and a movie theater. The village is home to 152 residents within 23 apartments. What’s so special about this village? The residents are memory-impaired and the disguised shopkeepers, cashiers, and servers are really health care workers, specifically trained in dementia care. Hogewey, the village, is really a nursing home.

Because most residents believe this is an actual village rather than a care facility, they feel more relaxed and as a result, need less mood-altering medication. This unique concept may influence the future of dementia care here in the United States. Currently, with 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease (1 in 8 older people), and more projected as baby boomers age, the demand for this type of elder care will increase.

For more details on this unique concept, go to http://bit.ly/AlzVillageNYTimes.


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