‘Dementia village’ inspires new care
Vol VII n.8
Dementia village” Weesp, Netherlands (CNN) –
– Theo Visser was thirsty. He got up from his seat during the half-time break in a soccer match to purchase a drink from the concession stand.
“There she was, standing behind the bar,” he recounts, 58 years later. “It was love at first sight.” Theo asked the young woman out to a movie — and the rest, they say, is history. It’s quite a shame, then, that Corrie Visser doesn’t remember any of this. Or if she does, she can’t say so. Corrie is one of 152 residents at Hogewey, a cutting-edge elder care facility on the outskirts of Weesp, the Netherlands, just minutes from downtown Amsterdam. ‘Dementia Village’ – as it has become known — is a place where residents can live a seemingly normal life, but in reality are being watched all the time. Caretakers staff the restaurant, grocery store, hair salon and theater — although the residents don’t always realize they are carers — and are also watching in the residents’ living quarters. Residents are allowed to roam freely around the courtyard-like grounds with its landscaped trees, fountains and benches — but they can’t leave the premises.