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posted by Blackmoore on Monday November 17 2014, @06:00PM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the long-and-winding-road dept.

Josh Planos writes at The Atlantic that the isolated village of Hogewey on the outskirts of Amsterdam has been dubbed “Dementia Village” because it is home to residents who are only admitted if they’re categorized as having severe cases of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. "There are no wards, long hallways, or corridors at the facility," writes Planos. "Residents live in groups of six or seven to a house, with one or two caretakers. Perhaps the most unique element of the facility—apart from the stealthy “gardener” caretakers—is its approach toward housing. Hogeway features 23 uniquely stylized homes, furnished around the time period when residents’ short-term memories stopped properly functioning. There are homes resembling the 1950s, 1970s, and 2000s, accurate down to the tablecloths, because it helps residents feel as if they’re home."

In Holland, everyone pays into the state health care system during their working years, with the money then disbursed to pay for later-in-life expenses - and that means living in Hogewey does not cost any more than a traditional nursing home. The inspiration came about in 1992, when Yvonne van Amerongen and another member of staff at a traditional nursing home both had their own mothers die, being glad that their elderly parents had died quickly and had not had to endure hospital-like care. A series of research and brainstorming sessions in 1993 found that humans choose to surround and interact with other like-minded people of similar backgrounds and experiences; the arrangement at Hogewey provides this by ensuring that residents with similar backgrounds continue to live closely together. On a physical level, residents at Hogewey require fewer medications; they eat better and they live longer. On a mental level, they also seem to have more joy. "The people here keep their independence, as much as they can have of it, and they stay activ," says Theo Visser. "Here they still have a life. It's not the sort of slow, quiet death you get in other places. Here everyone feels at home."

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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by VLM on Monday November 17 2014, @06:08PM

    by VLM (445) on Monday November 17 2014, @06:08PM (#116849)

    OK not being an interior decorator type, what is a 50s tablecloth vs a 70s vs a 00s? I'm guessing the 00s and 50s look about the same, and the 70s is all hippie flower power tie die?

    On a tech site like this, I think the phone infrastructure will be more interesting. The 50s and 70s will be standard bell 500 table model phones, truly awesome pieces of engineering. But hard to buy in 2014. The 00s will be a no name Chinese land line with a really long cord (or maybe a cordless).

    I'm sure decades in the future they're going to be bugging people like us, trying to source a hundred 2010 era iphones for the old people of the future.

    I bet supplying TV is also technologically interesting.

    • (Score: 2) by Blackmoore on Monday November 17 2014, @06:13PM

      by Blackmoore (57) on Monday November 17 2014, @06:13PM (#116852) Journal

      well for one by the 70 that table cloth was browning with age. (since yes they had held onto it)

      but hey! I now know what I can do with boxes of computer parts from the 90's.

    • (Score: 2) by darkfeline on Monday November 17 2014, @06:20PM

      by darkfeline (1030) on Monday November 17 2014, @06:20PM (#116856) Homepage

      >I bet supplying TV is also technologically interesting.

      An eternity of re-runs sounds interesting? Just put a playlist on loop.

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      • (Score: 2) by bob_super on Monday November 17 2014, @06:23PM

        by bob_super (1357) on Monday November 17 2014, @06:23PM (#116859)

        I thought VLM meant fitting flat-screens inside wooden cabinets with rotary knobs... There's probably an Arduino project for that.

      • (Score: 3, Interesting) by VLM on Monday November 17 2014, @06:29PM

        by VLM (445) on Monday November 17 2014, @06:29PM (#116861)

        Well I meant even just the hardware. Imagine scrounging up a mint condition 1970s Sony Trinitron. Or one of those 80s era combi models with a built into the case VCR.

        I suppose while we're talking hardware, think of audio. My kids are old enough to have seen physical music media even if they don't use it much anymore, so when they visited Grandmas house and raided her basement many years ago they found her old stereo and they call the LP vinyl records "big CDs" and were pretty frustrated with the 8-tracks trying to turn them on like mp3 players. They are also really fuzzy about the concept of "broadcast radio" needing an antenna and not having a FF or pause button, the concept of broadcast radio is completely dead to them.

        Atari 2600 games anyone? Colecovision? TRS-80 computer? Can't have a 80s theme house without that.

    • (Score: 1) by fritsd on Tuesday November 18 2014, @03:36PM

      by fritsd (4586) on Tuesday November 18 2014, @03:36PM (#117257) Journal

      You have to duplicate the exact burn marks of the ashtray, for the people with good memory:

      "Hij had een sprei om... En ik kende die sprei!! Die was uit de voorkamer, die lag daar altijd op tafel, je kon op z'n rug precies zien waar de asbak gestaan had...!!"

      (Has anybody ever translated Toon Hermans' Snieklaas from 1974 to English??)

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiyxGiORkPU [youtube.com]

      PS only 56 more years then it's out of copyright.

  • (Score: 2) by Non Sequor on Monday November 17 2014, @06:30PM

    by Non Sequor (1005) on Monday November 17 2014, @06:30PM (#116862) Journal

    Is anyone else terrified at the prospect of waking up one day in a place that feels vaguely familiar with a bunch of other people from similar circumstances and being "stealthily" taken care of?

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    • (Score: 2) by dcollins on Monday November 17 2014, @06:34PM

      by dcollins (1168) on Monday November 17 2014, @06:34PM (#116865) Homepage

      Less terrified than the prospect of waking up heavily medicated and locked in a bed.

    • (Score: 2) by Blackmoore on Monday November 17 2014, @06:38PM

      by Blackmoore (57) on Monday November 17 2014, @06:38PM (#116868) Journal

      Go visit a hospice care or end of life facility. Go walk around a long term care location.

      I think I'll rather go out surrounded by the idea of what i remember; versus the reality of a room in a hospital-like area surrounded by hospital-like noises and smells.

      • (Score: 2) by Non Sequor on Monday November 17 2014, @11:04PM

        by Non Sequor (1005) on Monday November 17 2014, @11:04PM (#116978) Journal

        I've been to one. I'd rather not be in one at all, but failing that, I'd rather not be in one which hides what it is.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 17 2014, @06:38PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 17 2014, @06:38PM (#116869)

      yes. that's why terry pratchett and others are fighting for their right to die.

    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Darth Turbogeek on Monday November 17 2014, @10:38PM

      by Darth Turbogeek (1073) on Monday November 17 2014, @10:38PM (#116972)

      No. What SHOULD terrify you is dying in a traditional dementia ward, like the one I worked at years ago. It is by far the most scary and depressing place I have been in - and that facilty was acknowledged as one of the best of the day. Dementia is not a nice way to go at all - it is a blur of confusion, terror and mental trauma as your brain slowly fucks you over.

      The facility in the article is a enormous step forward in that it allows dementia patients to lead lives in a way that their brain can accept. It is by far the best thing I have seen for late life dementia and the people who created it are to be highly commended, the results also are awesome. You see, dementia unlike the jokes is not just quietly slipping away into forgetfulness, it is exactly as I said - terror, confusion, mental trauma. Just imagine you wake up day after day in a location where nothing is familiar, nothing is what you want, no one you recognise and no idea what year it is - except everything is so different, you cant understand a thing that is going on.

      Now on the other hand, the patient in the dementia village recognises the year they are in, they are able to do normal activities, they have friends - the mental trauma is lessened to a huge degree. Sure, there will still be problems but these patients at the least feel at home, which in a traditional hospice is a huge problem.

      Dementia is a truly fucked up end of life thing, the easier we can make it on patients, the better.

      • (Score: 2) by Non Sequor on Monday November 17 2014, @11:15PM

        by Non Sequor (1005) on Monday November 17 2014, @11:15PM (#116987) Journal

        Are you sure you're not creating an illusion of comfort and a functional environment by hiding the fact that any notion of progress in the patient's life has ended.

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        • (Score: 3, Informative) by Darth Turbogeek on Monday November 17 2014, @11:34PM

          by Darth Turbogeek (1073) on Monday November 17 2014, @11:34PM (#116998)

          That's exactly what helps dementia patients out the most. There IS no hope to return the patient to reality so providing some opportunity of peace and comfort is exactly what you want to do.

          • (Score: 2) by Non Sequor on Tuesday November 18 2014, @01:10AM

            by Non Sequor (1005) on Tuesday November 18 2014, @01:10AM (#117047) Journal

            I don't want to be there though. I don't want to be kept like a knickknack. And I don't want to be placated so that people think I'm okay.

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            • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Darth Turbogeek on Tuesday November 18 2014, @01:40AM

              by Darth Turbogeek (1073) on Tuesday November 18 2014, @01:40AM (#117055)

              No one is forcing you. But frankly your brain WONT give you the alternative you think you will have if you have dementia. You will die a horribly fucked up death as your brain traps you in a never ending nightmare. At least this way, the brain can settle on a version of reality that may grant a reasonably peaceful exit. That is so much better than the alternatives I saw.

              You ever see a 86 year old lady escape four huge orderlies, jump through a window naked and run screaming for her no longer alive husband to take her back to a home that was sold 30 years ago? You ever see people chock full of sedatives just to even be capable of sitting in a bed without their brain fucking them over? You ever work with these people? I was very anti euthenasia before working there, I sure as fuck aint now.

              • (Score: 2, Insightful) by anubi on Tuesday November 18 2014, @05:23AM

                by anubi (2828) on Tuesday November 18 2014, @05:23AM (#117121) Journal

                I am most impressed by the compassionate way the Dutch are addressing this.

                Somehow this kind of caring seems so impractical in America, where everything has to be justified by economics.

                If this kind of thing was going on near me, I would collect up a bunch of 500 series telephones and start up a little legacy telephone exchange. They won't really have to know there is not an old-school strowger switch routing their call.

                There are several TV networks near me ( especially THIS and AntennaTV ) that are resurrecting a lot of the old TV serials and movies. Do not put it past me to retransmit streams of Jango music from the 30's to the 50's on low-power AM so they can get it on old 5-tube radios. Yeah, I know, like a Disneyland for old folks - but in their state of mind, its not amusement anymore. Its home. The last one they will know.

                I already hear the cries of the MAFIAA about copyright violation.

                Its already been pointed out that making a modern TV look and act like a 50 year old one is mostly cabinetry and an Arduino.

                No more remote control... you gotta up and rotate some knobs to make it work, and you only get a dozen channels or so - but it will work the same way.... one knob for the channel, the other for the volume.

                These newer interfaces puzzle them. Hell, I have had a VCR I do not think I ever figured out how to set the clock on - and was simply furious that someone designed the thing to have me have to set it when they knew full good and well the time signal was already being transmitted on the vertical interval signal in the video stream from the station.

                The most I should have had to set was the hour.

                I can understand their brain was programmed 50 years ago, and those legacy engrams are still running in them. To me, it would seem that if a legacy interface that works as they knew it to work 50 years ago can be provided, why not? At this stage in their life, why make them miserable? They do not have long to live anyway. At least let them live the rest of their life in comfort - and that also means letting them out of this insane economically centered rat-race we made for ourselves.

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          • (Score: 1) by dlb on Tuesday November 18 2014, @01:14AM

            by dlb (4790) on Tuesday November 18 2014, @01:14AM (#117049)

            providing some opportunity of peace and comfort is exactly what you want to do

            Which is what most of us want, to be at peace with our own existence...and I'd include to also see meaning to that existence. As an aside, I wonder if one causes the other in that does being at peace with my own existence give meaning to my life, or does having meaning to my life give me an existential contentment? Of if peace and having a sense of meaning are a package deal where, to a degree, I either have both, or neither....

    • (Score: 2) by cafebabe on Tuesday November 18 2014, @03:59AM

      by cafebabe (894) on Tuesday November 18 2014, @03:59AM (#117097) Journal

      There is a fictional television series on this topic [wikipedia.org].

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 17 2014, @06:42PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 17 2014, @06:42PM (#116872)

    From a tinny alarm clock radio, every morning at 6 AM sharp.

    Whoa.

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by richtopia on Monday November 17 2014, @06:45PM

    by richtopia (3160) Subscriber Badge on Monday November 17 2014, @06:45PM (#116873) Homepage Journal

    Fictional movie about preserving East German life after the wall fell.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0301357/ [imdb.com]

    • (Score: 2) by tangomargarine on Monday November 17 2014, @07:19PM

      by tangomargarine (667) on Monday November 17 2014, @07:19PM (#116894)

      Mocha Fix Gelb! :D

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    • (Score: 1) by fritsd on Tuesday November 18 2014, @03:43PM

      by fritsd (4586) on Tuesday November 18 2014, @03:43PM (#117263) Journal

      That film is brilliant :-)

  • (Score: 2) by wonkey_monkey on Monday November 17 2014, @06:55PM

    by wonkey_monkey (279) on Monday November 17 2014, @06:55PM (#116883) Homepage

    Does everyone where number badges?

    Be seeing you...

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    • (Score: 2) by wonkey_monkey on Monday November 17 2014, @07:02PM

      by wonkey_monkey (279) on Monday November 17 2014, @07:02PM (#116885) Homepage

      Hah! Wear...

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    • (Score: 2) by fadrian on Monday November 17 2014, @08:17PM

      by fadrian (3194) on Monday November 17 2014, @08:17PM (#116925) Homepage

      With any luck, they have RFID to track them when they're about, even within their confined spaces - we are talking about people with dementia, you know.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 17 2014, @07:24PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 17 2014, @07:24PM (#116897)

    Where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 17 2014, @07:28PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 17 2014, @07:28PM (#116900)

    The Hague?

  • (Score: 2) by jimshatt on Monday November 17 2014, @08:48PM

    by jimshatt (978) on Monday November 17 2014, @08:48PM (#116940) Journal
    Good thing they don't remember their spells, or things could get messy. Oh way, no, that's HogWARTS! Ahaahahaha... heeh.
    Anyway, looking at the pics provided here [vivium.nl] they seem to have modern TVs.
    • (Score: 2) by pnkwarhall on Monday November 17 2014, @09:03PM

      by pnkwarhall (4558) on Monday November 17 2014, @09:03PM (#116947)

      Everyone has to have a TV. It's **essential** to life. Like computers.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 17 2014, @11:43PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 17 2014, @11:43PM (#117001)

    "Unique" means "one of a kind".
    Something cannot be very one of a kind or more one of a kind or extremely one of a kind.
    http://englishplus.com/grammar/00000269.htm# [englishplus.com]

    The word you want is distinctive.

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