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The "dementia village" that's redefining elder care | Yvonne van Amerongen



How would you prefer to spend the last years of your life: in a sterile, hospital-like institution or in a village with a supermarket, pub, theater and park within easy walking distance? The answer seems obvious now, but when Yvonne van Amerongen helped develop the groundbreaking Hogeweyk dementia care center in Amsterdam 25 years ago, it was seen as a risky break from tradition. Journey with van Amerongen to Hogeweyk and get a glimpse at what a reimagined nursing home based on freedom, meaning and social life could look like.
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40 thoughts on “The "dementia village" that's redefining elder care | Yvonne van Amerongen

  1. This is wonderful, but do these individuals really have "very advanced dementia?" A lot of the patients I see with very advanced dementia are no longer able to walk, eat, dress, or talk. How do we help the individuals who are at that stage of their dementia?

  2. THE COLUMBINE SHOOTERS MOM GETS A CLIP. That loser should be jailed! No comments allowed so I'll leave a comment on every video! DO NOT CELEBRATE LOSER PARENTS THAT STOOD IN THE WAY OF HELP, when parents are responsible for their kids actions then we will see less death! SICKENING TO APPLAUD COLUMBINES SHOOTERS MOM SHAME,

  3. I experience this problem when I had my first run in with schizophrenia I was put in good Samaritan hospital in Bakersfield CA. We where put in rooms and we could not see outside only our area we couldnt see through or over the fence we didn't know what was going on in the next room what happened is I thought the world ended and not seeing or hearing other people only made it worse I was alone with my supposed devil with nothing to go off of except the other patients and a TV that only showed a religious channel that only fueled my paranoia and loneliness I came to the point of hearing my mother die and had no other choice to believe at the time noone bothered to explain I was just another crazy guy

  4. 7:03 most upscale bar I've ever seen.

    9:19 This is not for the rich. We've been doing this as any traditional nursing home as in our country we work only with state budget

    I think some number-fudging might be involved.

  5. but would it actually be suitable for Alzheimer’s dementia ill people? like as the time passes their behavior mainly becomes more and more aggressive

  6. It’s a nice idea. What I want to know is, does this kind of care slow down the degenerative process of dementia to enable the person to live out their days in such an environment? and if not what happens when their level of care needs to be increased?

  7. What a amazing idea!!!
    I have a question, in that village, they will be still confused about their-self. If someone want to do their previous work and want to productive business then how can you handle this? What should we do? Help to work again? I’m seriously wondered.

  8. This is good that patients are being nicely cared for. The cure for many degenerative diseases lies in realizing that the electrical fields from our modern life cause accumulated breakdown of our biological processes.
    Our bodies are electrical as well as chemical.

  9. Amazing setting. This what we need for the elderly that strugle to find company even by close family members. Hopefully one day this will be the setting of many nursing homes.

  10. Anger is dimentias shadow. Caregivers need to be aware that the anger is not personal. It's more about the frustration in lucid moments in realizing that you're slipping further and further away.

  11. The fact that you now can wake up to an astounding environment and not a dull hospital is incredible! Every person with dementia should be able to live like this and I really hope that this association expands this village over the whole world.

  12. I’d like to know more about how they manage to keep the same costs while having to build and maintain all the different lifestyle residences, each with their kitchen, bathroom, shops, etc. Typical hospitals seem to centralize food production, as an example, so it would appear that this new method would be more expensive. Maybe they save on money due to better patient outcomes, I’m not sure?

  13. There was another talk, which explained that Alzheimer's disease makes people regress into their teenage selves, and that putting patients into an environment resembling that of their teenage years helps them enormously. I wonder if this idea of dementia villages could be combined with the idea of recreating environments from the past to benefit people with various memory-related illnesses. In any case, this is such an important topic. Everyone deserves a humane old age, and the current hospital-like facilities are utterly unable to provide one.

  14. as a grandchild who met my grandfather once for the first and last time as a teen this made me cry…
    i wish that this project grows more all around the globe, i still have faith in humanity

  15. it absolutely blows my mind and fills my heart with so much joy and hope for the world that something like this exists! in the darkest of times, there are things like this that just shine through brighter than the rest ! i love love love it

  16. I worked in a memory care unit where most patients or "residents" as they were called lived in a somewhat home-like setting. they lived in single person rooms (unless married) and most rooms were furnished by their families, so it was familiar to them. I can tell you this – unless carefully supervised – a pond they featured could be extremely dangerous for someone with dementia. we also kept our kitchen (just like a regular kitchen except it included a restaurant-style drink machine) locked. the people with dementia who remembered how to not only use a door handle but to turn a lock, would accidentally grab knives, completely cover themselves in food or drink, etc and it was NOT safe! this was one of the nicer facilities in my area (southeastern United States) and it was roughly $7,000 USD PER MONTH. most insurance did not cover this. so, this is only for the very rich or people who have rich children lol. in my opinion, a place like this would be much better for a regular assisted living facility.

  17. I don’t know what she means by “state budget”. In the UK, most everything for the elderly and disabled is means-tested. Nursing home care is £4000+ a month. Where I live there are no state-owned or cooperative member/worker owned care homes. It’s all in the private sector.

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