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An Amazing Village Designed Just For People With Dementia
Gizmodo ^ | February 24, 2014 | Kelsey Campbell

Posted on 02/24/2014 6:08:59 AM PST by Makana

Centuries after Shakespeare wrote about King Lear's symptoms, there's still no perfect way to care for sufferers of dementia and Alzheimer's. In the Netherlands, however, a radical idea is being tested: Self-contained "villages" where people with dementia shop, cook, and live together—safely.

We, as a population, are aging rapidly. According to the Alzheimer's Association, one in three seniors today dies with dementia. The process of finding—and paying for—long-term care can be very confusing, unfortunately, and difficult for both loved ones and patients. Most caretakers are underpaid, overworked, and must drive far distances to their jobs—giving away some 17 billion unpaid hours of care a year. And it's just going to get worse: Alzheimer's has increased by an incredible 68 percent since 2000, and the cost of caring for sufferers will increase from $203 billion last year to $1.2 trillion by 2050.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alzheimers; dementia; europe; healthcare
Let's get the low-hanging fruit out of the way.

"Must be Washington, DC", or Sun City ,etc.

It does remind me of a story that I heard re: Alzheimer's facility. It seems they had a problem with patients walking away.

So the facility had a faux bus stop installed on the street in front of the building.

Yes, you guessed it. The employee van would pick them up and return them after a brief tour of the neighborhood.

1 posted on 02/24/2014 6:08:59 AM PST by Makana
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To: Makana

Winter Haven, Fl?

CC


2 posted on 02/24/2014 6:11:59 AM PST by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: Makana

So does “The Village” have a place for these residents to go for final exit when their suffering is too great to bear?


3 posted on 02/24/2014 6:12:38 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Makana

It sounds like a Twilight Zone episode.


4 posted on 02/24/2014 6:13:53 AM PST by AppyPappy
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To: AppyPappy
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5 posted on 02/24/2014 6:15:33 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Makana

6 posted on 02/24/2014 6:15:48 AM PST by TaxPayer2000
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To: Makana

I’d urge people to read the whole article. This sounds like a really good idea. The million dollar question is what does it cost? But if its equivalent or less than a nursing home, it sounds like a wonderful way to deal with dementia.


7 posted on 02/24/2014 6:16:59 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: TaxPayer2000

How appropriate your post was “Number 6”.


8 posted on 02/24/2014 6:17:32 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Makana
We, as a population, are aging rapidly.

People are still aging at one year every 365 days. The pace hasn't picked up recently. A "population" aging means one of two things: old people aren't dying "soon enough" for those who believe they should decide such things, or there aren't enough births to increase the young end of the population.

9 posted on 02/24/2014 6:19:50 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Recycled Olympic tagline Shut up, Bob Costas. Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!)
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To: dfwgator

Who is number 1?
You are number 6!

I am not a number, I am a free man!


10 posted on 02/24/2014 6:21:08 AM PST by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: Makana

All such places I’ve visited have keypads to go in our out. If you don’t know the code, you don’t go through the door.


11 posted on 02/24/2014 6:21:14 AM PST by Mercat
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To: DaxtonBrown

Best show, ever.


12 posted on 02/24/2014 6:21:49 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Mercat

our=or


13 posted on 02/24/2014 6:22:40 AM PST by Mercat
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To: Makana
It does remind me of a story that I heard re: Alzheimer's facility. It seems they had a problem with patients walking away. So the facility had a faux bus stop installed on the street in front of the building. Yes, you guessed it. The employee van would pick them up and return them after a brief tour of the neighborhood.

LOL - also sounds like a great Twilight Zone science-fiction type horror story...

14 posted on 02/24/2014 6:33:52 AM PST by GOPJ ("Great powers are driven by a mixture of confidence and insecurity.")
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To: dfwgator

Agreed, Have all seasons on DVD, about time to watch them again.


15 posted on 02/24/2014 6:34:25 AM PST by MomwithHope (Let's make Mark Levin's The Liberty Amendments a reality!)
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To: dfwgator
Best show, ever.

Concur. Except for the last episode which was extremely weird.

16 posted on 02/24/2014 6:35:36 AM PST by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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17 posted on 02/24/2014 6:38:18 AM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Makana

A friend just settled out of court for $500K. His MIL had alzheimers and escaped the facility last winter - froze to death on the front lawn overnight. Very sad. The facility wasn’t even censured or anything; their insurance company made it all go away...

Eeeek! Don’t get old and crazy.


18 posted on 02/24/2014 6:39:06 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Makana

Dementia is a nasty. I had the misfortune of visiting an older woman in what is regarded as one of the better care facilities for diminished mental faculties. An entire corridor of women in wheelchairs either staring at the painted block wall in front of them, or sleeping.

I’m not surprised that many of the more functional elderly are choosing to go on perpetual ocean cruises, literally, in that they cost about the same as a nursing home, and with much better amenities. Realizing the value of this, the cruise companies have upgraded their medical care as well.

A good alternative for the rest are the retirement communities in Mexico. All gated, and with good security, often they are attached to the resort areas, so are away from any violence or chaos. And they are very inexpensive, for those with fixed incomes. As far as quality goes, they vie for AARP and AAA ratings, so it is pretty good.

Many Americans are incredulous at the very idea, so I suggest a quick Google search for retirement communities in Mexico.


19 posted on 02/24/2014 6:57:21 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

She was lucky.


20 posted on 02/24/2014 7:12:02 AM PST by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of ingtheir political choices.")
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To: Makana
at a dementia-focused living center called De Hogeweyk...

Sounds like where an 87 year old Harry Potter will spend his golden years.

21 posted on 02/24/2014 7:17:45 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: Makana

Replicating this concept in the US would be difficult because of compliance to hundreds of state and federal regulations. In most states such a project would have to be licensed as an assisted living facility and forced to comply with regulations that are based on a totally different care model. I could also see significant problems obtaining approval for such a project under local zoning ordinances. I managed regulatory affairs for a national developer of retirement housing facilities that offered a full spectrum of care. I know first hand how difficult it can be to get regulatory approvals for senior housing options that do not fit the traditional nursing home/assisted care models envisioned in the regulations.


22 posted on 02/24/2014 7:59:11 AM PST by The Great RJ
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To: TaxPayer2000

Portmeirion! Love it!


23 posted on 02/24/2014 8:44:03 AM PST by Lady Jag (Tolerance and apathy are the last virtues of a dying society. - Aristotle)
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To: DaxtonBrown

Some say the sentence should read: You are, number 6.


24 posted on 02/24/2014 11:26:17 PM PST by pluvmantelo (The thing of it is, we must live with the living- Michel de Montaigne)
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