As the old African proverb says, “It takes a village to raise a child,” but it seems that same wisdom may also hold true when it comes to caring for elderly Alzheimer’s patients.
Rather than placing them in traditional memory care units, some groups charged with the care of these special seniors are taking a more innovative approach.
In southwestern France near the city of Dax, a community has been created with the specific needs of its 105 residents—all of whom suffer from Alzheimer’s in varying stages.
In addition to nursing facilities, the Landais campus includes a grocery store, hair salon, cafeteria, library, and music room.
Residents are given as much freedom as their conditions allow, and treated to numerous entertainments.
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