Tuesday, April 10, 2012

This is what I want when I get old

A Dutch village dubbed "The Truman Show" for dementia patients is getting praise from Alzheimer's experts in the U.S.
The tree-lined streets of Hogewey, a tiny village at the edge of Amsterdam, boast shops, restaurants, a movie theater and a hairdresser. Its 23 apartments are carefully crafted to feel like home to 152 residents.
But Hogewey is not a real village; it's a nursing home.
"Our director compared it to a theater," said Isabel van Zuthem, Hogewey's information officer. "The frontstage is what all the residents experience as a normal way of living, their normal home. But backstage, we are a nursing home. Everything is arranged to give all residents all the care they need. But they feel like they're living a normal life, and that's what we think is very important."

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schnitzelbank said...

I wanted to share this video with you, it's about an old man responding to music in the nursing home. It's wonderful.


Anonymous said...

This idea plays into my paranoid fear that I'm already living a carefully staged fantasy life and actors are only pretending to be my family, my neighbors and my clients.
It's probably caused by watching too many reruns of "The Prisoner" when I was a little kid...