Hogewey is a perfectly normal looking town on the outskirts of Amsterdam in The Netherlands. There’s only one difference – it’s actually a nursing home.
Known as Dementia Village, the entire town is actually a gated home where only people with severe dementia can live. Built in 2009, it’s now home to 152 residents and 250 staff working undercover in supermarkets, restaurants and hair salons.
The village also has a town square, theatre, pub and café, as well as 25 clubs that residents can participate in. No money is exchanged and the main aim of the village is to create a sense of normalcy.
It’s not a cure for dementia, but residents do appear to require fewer medications, eat better and live longer. In Australia more than 300,000 people live with the disease and by 2050 that number could rise to as many as 900,000.