Objectives and study design: This 24-month UK study was designed to (1) determine the prevalence of memory problems among hostel-dwelling homeless older people and the extent to which staff are aware of these problems; (2) identify help and support received, current care and support pathways; (3) explore quality of life among older homeless people with memory problems; (4) investigate service
Understanding why living on the street seems to cause rapid aging could help homeless people — and governments. Researchers at UCSF are trying to understand the biological effects of homelessness in older people.
Glenner Town Square, a faux mini-town with a 1950s and 1960s look designed for people with dementia, is set to open in San Diego next spring. It is a reimagined, new kind of day care: a faux mini-town with a 1950s and 1960s look designed for people with dementia. The concept is based on reminiscence therapy.
Based on ethnographic fieldwork in Germany’s first Dementia Village, this paper shows how the creation of a Dementia Village—created as a communal space for its residents that is governed by societal standards of care—ties into long-standing traditions in social thought and speaks to the tension of combining sociality with rationalised bureaucratic efficiency. The paper begins with an introductio
This article looks at an international senior care community which is revolutionizing dementia care through dementia villages. In the municipality of Weesp, not far from Amsterdam, sits the village of Hogewey. Hogewey is home to 152 men and women living with severe dementia. The community has 23 residential units, each shared by 6-8 residents.
This report aims to equip housing practitioners and policy-makers with new knowledge about the future housing and support needs of people with dementia.
This report highlights some innovative seniors housing and care practices from the Netherlands. The first is the Humanitas Apartments for Life, where if and when residents need assisted living or nursing facility level care, it is brought to them, thereby eliminating stigma and relocation issues. The second is the unique dementia village of De Hogeweyk.
In an ageing society such as Australia, there is growing recognition of the importance of planning for the future care of older people with dementia (PwD). Dementia is predicted to become the leading cause of disability by 2016, with the number of cases in Australia expected to increase to close to 1 million by 2050 (AIHW 2007, p.52).
The very nature of homelessness means a lack of access to many of the supports most people take for granted. Older people can often be excluded from support services because of fierce independence and a reluctance to push their ‘rights’; they become invisible. People who are homeless do not come to the attention of aged care services and to some extent, remain invisible.