Only the very young haven’t yet heard about Alzhemier’s disease. Some children will learn earlier why their parents and grandparents do not remember their names or recognise their faces.

According to Alzhemier’s Australia there are more than 353,800 Australians living with dementia. This 2016 statistic is expected to increase to 400,000 in less than five years. More information can be found here: https://wa.fightdementia.org.au/wa/research-and-publications/key-facts-and-statistics

We are not alone. Finding a cure and supporting people with dementia is a worldwide challenge.

In the Netherlands, the Hogeweyk village looks like any other, except it is purpose built exclusively for people with dementia. So what makes it so special?

It is a gated village where people with dementia can live without restriction, in a safe environment. If you want to eat chocolate before bed, you can. If you want to enjoy a pint of ale, you can do so, in the local village bar. Hogeweyk promotes independence, normalcy and freedom.

Located in a township, called Weesp, it is close to Amsterdam. Architects Molennar & Bol & Van Dillen designed the village in 2009. The cost to the Dutch government was  20.1 million dollars, with an additional 1.7 million donated by local organisations.

The cost per resident is $5,657.00 per month, which is on par with other private nursing homes. More information about this innovative approach can be found here:

http://hogeweyk.dementiavillage.com/en/