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posted by Blackmoore on Monday November 17 2014, @06:00PM   Printer-friendly
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: 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.