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World's first 'dementia village' is a safe community

Words by Abi Scaife

The Netherlands has launched the world’s first ‘dementia village’.

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The Hogeweyk is a community in The Netherlands that, since 2009, has been caring for those with dementia.

The Hogeweyk is unlike other care facilities, in that it is far more of a community than it is an institution. Designed to look like any other neighbourhood with hairdressers, cinemas, shops and restaurants, all the necessary healthcare professionals simply … blend in!


All those who work in the businesses are trained in dementia care and, with doctors and therapists and nurses blending into the community, patients are able to have a full, low-stress life while getting the care they need.

Plus, each patient has their own private room, all the while prioritising socialisation and community, encouraging patients to make friends, and get involved in their community.

Charity check-in 

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

Re-Engage. This is a charity that is making life less lonely for thousands of older people every year, through volunteer-led activities. Find out more.

Alzheimer’s Research UK. Alzheimer's Research UK are the UK's leading Alzheimer's research charity aiming to find a cure for dementia. Learn how to support them here.

Alzheimer’s Society. They are working towards a world without dementia, and are giving help to those living with dementia today, and providing hope for the future. Learn more here.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Good Health and Wellbeing.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs

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