11.1.13

Dementia Village


Image courtesy Isabel van Zuthem

Hogewey near Amsterdam is a sealed simulated village and a community for people with severe dementia enabling them to live a more 'normal' life. Residents live in houses with other residents and  carers and are encouraged to do normal everyday activities like shop, prepare meals and visit the hairdressers. They live in houses according to their previous lifestyle...the arty ones live together, the upper class live together, trade people etc. Makes sense to me. I have previously  looked at the idea of transgeneration living in single interest communities. It makes sense to live with people who you can share interests, tastes and experiences with. Not sure it would work along these lines here, as people in the UK are more sniffy about class distinctions.



http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/aug/27/dementia-village-residents-have-fun

http://www.dw.de/dutch-create-neighborhood-for-dementia-patients/a-15812582

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/AlzheimersCommunity/alzheimers-disease-dutch-village-dubbed-truman-show-dementia/story?id=16103780

Podcast about Hogewey
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/audio/2012/aug/27/dementia-care-hogewey-care-home

Hogewey website
http://www.vivium.nl/hogewey_weesp

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