Dementia Villages Return Patients to the Past
Nostalgia is a powerful thing. From New Zealand to the Netherlands, dementia care facilities are turning to “reminiscence therapy,” which takes advantage of patients’ rose-colored memories of their youths by recreating the design and feel of the 1950s and ’60s to create interactive environments. It’s a departure from mainstream therapies, but supporters say it can help alleviate depression and anxiety in elderly patients. More than 20 homes in Australia are even using VR technology as dementia therapy, but some question the ethics of deceiving patients by creating false realities.