France Building A Village For People Who Have Alzheimer's Disease
France is building an Alzheimer's Village. The purpose of the village is to improve the lives of people who have Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's is the most common type of Dementia. It is an irreversible condition that progressively gets worse and destroys the brain cells.
Alzheimer's disease causes a person to slowly lose their cognitive skills and memory. The village is located in Dax. This is a spa town that has a library, hair salon and supermarket. The village can hold up to 120 people. They will have access to volunteers and caregivers.
They will share houses, and there are a four neighbors in the village. The creators want to keep things as normal as possible for people who are suffering from Alzheimer's disease. The residents are put in homes based on their interests and backgrounds. They will be able to get help with things such as cleaning, cooking and grocery shopping.
There are several other countries that have something similar. Ireland will be building its first Alzheimer's community later in 2018. Tasmania, Australia also plans to create an Alzheimer's village. It will have a cafe, beauty salon and movie theater.
Proponents of these villages say that this will allow people with Alzheimer's to maintain an active social life. The French Alzheimer's village is set to open in 2019. It will cost about $33.4 million, or 28.8 million euros. A large percentage of the expenses will be paid for by the government.
Dementia is one of the biggest health crisis of the 21st century. It is estimated that there are 50 million people who have this condition. Ten million people are being diagnosed with this condition every year. According to the World Health Organization, this disease costs $818 million. As the population ages, more people will be diagnosed with this condition.
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