Alzheimer’s patients suffering from dementia can have a hard time understanding where and even when they are. The present world around them can suddenly be a scary place, which is why a treatment facility in the Netherlands has set up a sort of village called Hogeweyk, made exclusively for dementia patients.
Alzheimer’s and dementia patients are able to live a more comfortable life in the “village” of Hogeweyk.
This gated community is actually a treatment facility on the outskirts of Amsterdam, designed to look like the 1950s.
The look of the little town has been compared to the one featured in The Truman Show.
It purposely looks this way to provide a greater sense of ease to these seniors.
The long term memories of dementia patients are far better than their short term memories, making the past feel much more familiar than the present.
The residents are allowed to live fairly autonomously.
The village has everything from its own houses, gardens, and parks…
To restaurants, bars, and theaters.
There is also always a “villager” to help residents at any moment.
The “villagers” are all highly trained geriatric nurses who are there to help all patients, if they ever need it.
Hogeweyk officials say that this lifestyle leads residents to improve dramatically.
According to Psychology Today, they “require less medication and become calmer.”