Jul 12, 2013

Dementia Village Dr. Sanjay Gupta, I Have Never Seen Anything LIke It in the World

It's the only place of its kind, on its scale, anywhere in the world. All of the residents have dementia. Everyone else, however, from the barber at the local salon to the chefs in the restaurants carry out their regular jobs in addition to being trained as specialized health workers.

Dementia Village Dr. Sanjay Gupta

I wanted to alert you to, and suggest you watch, "World's Untold Stories: Dementia village" on CNN International.

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From Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent.

Earlier this year, I traveled to the Netherlands to report on a place that had captured my imagination. It is an entire village, where every single resident has severe dementia.

Crippled by the prospect of putting their own parents into extended care facilities, two Dutch nurses decided to conduct an experiment: build a village for people with dementia and introduce a new level of humanity to the last few years of their lives.

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The result is a cutting-edge medical village, called Hogewey.

It's the only place of its kind, on its scale, anywhere in the world. All of the residents have dementia. Everyone else, however, from the barber at the local salon to the chefs in the restaurants carry out their regular jobs in addition to being trained as specialized health workers.

I have never seen anything like it in the world.

The media are rarely allowed inside, in an effort to minimize the disruption of the residents' daily lives, but we were granted access in late March.


Tip of the hat to Christopher Nadeau, New York Memory Center for this information.

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