Village designed as a home for forgetful seniors

Kelsey Campbell-Dollahan: " there's still no perfect way to care for sufferers of dementia and Alzheimer's. In the Netherlands, however, a radical idea is being tested: Self-contained "villages" where people with dementia shop, cook, and live together—safely."

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  1. Salgak says:

    Ah, but will each resident sport a handy button with a penny-farthing bicycle logo and their unit number ???

    Me, I'm at Number Two. The Green Dome. Be Seeing You!!

  2. EricE says:

    It's quite incredible how pragmatic and thoughtful the Dutch are about so many aspects of life that other cultures botch so thoroughly. No one's perfect, but in a lot of domains the Dutch make a damn solid run at it by recognizing just that and coming up with thoughtful solutions to our very lack of perfection, from our weakness for intoxicants to the mental decline of old age. Ironically getting them closer to the ideal than most of the rest of us.

  3. Now where were we? Oh yeah: the important thing was I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time. They didn't have white onions because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones...

  4. Seki says:

    Note that such separate accommodations are meant for people suffering from dementia, not all elderly people.

  5. Seki says:

    I didn't think you were concern trolling, sorry if it came across that way. My impression of that village was that it was specifically for people who are easily disoriented and lost and need special full-time care, not for most elderly- or even very mild, high-functioning dementia cases who can still handle 'normal life' well.

    Definitely better than the current option (hospice, hospital, etc). My grandfather died of alzheimer and even though he was in the best facility my mother/aunt could find once they could no longer ensure his safety and care, it still was a very depressing place. Many other residents were aggressive and very noisy which stressed-out my grandfather who was a quiet and withdrawn personality even in sickness. Since they were all in the same building, there was no escape from the atmosphere. A village sounds a lot less claustrophobic.

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