It’s no secret that dementia is a global health crisis. With no cure it’s important that we begin to look at ways to offer a better standard of living. One Dutch village is taking a new stance against dementia, offering its 152 residents a chance at a normal life.
At first glance Hogeweyk could be any other village, it has a grocery story, a post office, a theatre. However, workers at the shops and restaurants are all in fact registered nurses, cameras keep an eye on residents at all times and there is only one-way in and out.
Hogeweyk functions as full time ‘reminiscence therapy’ that draws on patients’ own lives to help them cope with the cognitive and behavioural symptoms of dementia.
Instead of being confined to their rooms, residents move freely through out the village, going about their day-to-day lives, all the while watched carefully by staff.