Friday, 28 February 2014

Dutch Village Designed Just For People With Dementia

image credit: Hans Erkelens

In the Netherlands a radical idea is being tested: Self-contained 'villages' where people with dementia shop, cook, and live together - safely. In the small town of Weesp at a dementia-focused living center called De Hogeweyk, aka Dementiavillage, the relationship between patients and their care is serving as a model for the rest of the world.

Hogeweyk, from a certain perspective, seems like a fortress: A solid podium of apartments and buildings, closed to the outside world with gates and security fences. But, inside, it is its own self-contained world: Restaurants, cafes, a supermarket, gardens, a pedestrian boulevard, and more.

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