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Village’s Architecture Protects Elderly Residents From Themselves [Pics]

Village’s Architecture Protects Elderly Residents From Themselves [Pics]
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The village of Hogeweyk is a self-contained little town designed for people with dementia or Alzheimer's.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 21 february 2014

Safety and security is a key factor when it comes to caring for people suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease because people suffering from these diseases have a tendency to roam and experience memory loss, putting themselves at risk.

To help keep sufferers of dementia or Alzheimer’s safe and protected while enabling them to maintain a sense of normality in their lives, the small Dutch village of Hogeweyk in the Netherlands was designed to be a self-contained town for patients.

The village, dubbed as Dementiavillage, is a gated and fenced off community with shops, cafés, supermarkets, restaurants, and even a movie theater. It has apartments surrounding a courtyard with ponds, fountains, flowers, and benches. The village is designed to allow its residents to roam around freely without endangering themselves.

The town is home to over 150 men and women suffering from dementia. An apartment is shared by 6 to 8 patients. Nurses and caregivers work as “villagers” and are dressed in street clothes. They assist the residents with their needs, but the residents are allowed to shop and help out in meals as well.

The village was the idea of Yvonne van Amerongen, a caregiver who worked with memory patients, and was designed by Dutch architects Molenaar&Bol&VanDillen. The living center opened in 2009.

Dementiavillage

Source, Images: Gizmodo

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