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The Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia
Have you ever asked yourself what would happen if we built a facility for people with dementia that mimic normalcy while carefully protecting its inhabitants? Yvonne van Amerongen, a Dutch staff member at a traditional Dutch nursing home did. She had a front-line view of what she never wanted for her parents and loved ones to go through. Unlike most of us, however, she became determined to do something about it. As the Atlantic puts it, “she became committed to making nursing homes more livable and less of a departure from reality for their residents. She envisioned a setup as far away as possible from the nondescript buildings and polished floors of her workplace, where everything carried the scent of a dentist’s medical cabinet. Over the next 20 years, she worked to secure the funding she’d need to make the idea a reality.”...
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