Everyone In This Tiny Village Has Dementia – The World’s Most Unusual Nursing Home

If you’ve cared for a loved one with dementia, you know how difficult it can be.

My own grandparents lived through the disease, and watching them transform before my eyes was very difficult.

But I’m not alone. More than 5 million people in the United States are living with dementia. And that number is only expected to go up as our population gets older.

While there are some habits that will help prevent the condition, one facility has its own surprising approach to treating patients with dementia.

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Hogeweyk is a village of 150 people, within the town of Weesp, in the Netherlands.

Every day, the village’s elderly residents wake up, go to the cafe, meet their friends for a drink, do some grocery shopping, and enjoy Hogeweyk’s lovely gardens.

But all of the village’s residents have advanced stage dementia.

In fact, the “village” is just a very large care home, designed to look like a small town.

Hogeweyk has its own grocery store, a pub, a theater, and a post office.

The villagers are free to use real money (if they can) but usually pay with fake Hogeweyk money given to them at the start of every month.

While it may sound challenging, there’s a team of nursing home employees on hand to help the residents.

They’re just disguised as regular people – no white coats or smocks – to keep up the illusion.

Hogeweyk’s director says the inspiration for the unique nursing home was creating an independent, almost normal way of life, compatible with severe memory loss.

And life in Hogeweyk has some surprising perks.

Doctors Share The 3 Things That Help Prevent Dementia And Alzheimer’s

More than a decade ago, I watched my grandparents go through the late stages of dementia.

Watching two people I love change so dramatically before my eyes is something I’ll never forget.

I try to lead a healthy lifestyle, but what’s so scary about these memory conditions is it seems like they can strike anyone.

Lately, I’ve been looking for answers, trying to learn if there’s a proven way to stop or slow down conditions like dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Tragically, treatments and “cures” for memory conditions are still a work in progress. And while some research is promising, the results for average people are years away.

Thankfully, doctors can say with some certainty that these three things will slow down the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

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Don’t imagine you need to hit the gym, or look like a pro athlete to keep dementia at bay.

Research shows that even gentle, aerobic exercise – like walking for 30 minutes a day – does wonders for your brain.

Exercise increases blood flow, which sharpens your thinking skills. But it also releases chemical that slow down the brain’s aging process.

If you’re already getting a little exercise, going just a bit further, faster, or longer will pay off years from now.

But be sure to also use the next two techniques to fight memory conditions.

6 Habits To Pick Up Now, That Will Lower Your Risk Of Dementia Later

If you have ever experienced a friend or a family member suffer from dementia, you understand how much of a heartbreaking and painful disease it really is. One in eight people over age 65 in the United States suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. This number skyrockets at the age of 85, when almost 50% of people suffer from Alzheimer’s.  

Dementia is caused when nerve cells in the brain die or no longer function normally. The death or malfunction of these nerve cells, called neurons, causes changes in one’s memory, behavior and ability to think clearly.

Unfortunately, there is no sure way to prevent dementia because ageing is the biggest risk factor, and that obviously can’t be changed. That being said, there are many things you can do to reduce your risk.

If you’re 50+ and think it’s too late to start trying to reduce your risk, you might be wrong. It is never too late to develop these good habits, but you should start implementing these habits in your mid-life, if you haven’t done so already.

1. Work out your brain.

This could be something as simple as doing puzzles, crosswords, or playing cards everyday. Working out your brain can literally be anything that makes you think. If you want to challenge yourself, try learning something new, this is the ultimate way to get your brain working. Keeping your brain active will reduce your risk of dementia. Also, try being more socially engaged, try socializing often.

2. Eat better.

A healthy and balanced diet will help reduce your risk of dementia and heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.

3. Quit smoking.

If you’re not a smoker, don’t worry about this one. By smoking you are at a greater risk of developing dementia and harming your lungs.

4. Keep a healthy weight.

Many doctors have said that what’s good for your heart is probably also good for your head. So, this explains all of the body-healthy prevention tips. Keeping a healthy weight prevents type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease and therefore, also dementia.

This next one most of us do could help… But also occasionally make it worse.

Study Reveals That 1 In 3 Dementia Cases Are Preventable, If You Follow Certain Steps

Dementia is one of the most crippling conditions faced by people worldwide, one in which your capacity to think and retain memory gets gradually worse over time. As a term, “dementia” actually qualifies as a number of different diseases, the most common of which is Alzheimer’s disease, which accounts for anywhere between 50% – 70% of cases.

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There is no cure for the disease, and your risk of it becomes increasingly high as you age, going from 3% of people between the ages of 65 – 74, 19% of people between 75 – 84, and almost 50% of people age 85 or higher. In 2013, the disease was recorded as causing over 1.7 million deaths worldwide, leaving researchers perpetually searching for a way to minimized its impact on even more people.

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While a cure still has yet to be found, researchers are getting better at spotting the symptoms of dementia, and, more importantly, coming up with ways to train your brain to be resistant to the disease. In particular, the Lancet Commission recently identified several major factors that they claim can lead to the prevention of 34% of cases of dementia…

Bad News If You Love Diet Soda And Care About Your Health

While you may be watching how much refined sugar you put into your body, sweeteners may be doing more harm than good for you.

While President Donald Trump consumes a dozen Diet Cokes each day, according to the New York Times, choosing this “sugar-free” alternative may not be the smartest choice after all.

Experts have been raising concerns about how much sugar we are consuming on a daily basis. Obesity and health concerns can be traced back to consuming an excess amount of sugar, so it’s no secret that people are trying to find an alternative.

Research has now suggested that artificial sweeteners used in diet drinks are also a cause for concern.

Man With Dementia Was Forced To Stop Working, But That Hasn’t Stopped Him From Helping Kids

A Minnesota farmer has built a thousand wooden toys for needy children after discovering he suffers from an incurable disease.

John Volz was diagnosed earlier this year with Lewy body dementia, a malady that shares symptoms with both Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. When the 79-year-old found out, he was forced to stop working on his family farm, but he wasn’t compelled to give up work altogether.

“I just don’t stop that easy,” John said.

For the past nine months, John has built colorful toy cars for less fortunate children, KARE 11 reports. Following Hurricane Harvey, John sent 450 toys to Houston, with plenty others to be distributed in a family shelter, a hospital and a mission in Arizona.

Minnesota Lake volunteer firefighters will also be delivering the handcrafted toys in Christmas stockings for children who would otherwise go without.

John’s wife Chris Volz said she was pleased her husband found something new to motivate him.