The "dementia village" that's redefining elder care | Yvonne van Amerongen

  • Published on Apr 8, 2019
  • How would you prefer to spend the last years of your life: in a sterile, hospital-like institution or in a village with a supermarket, pub, theater and park within easy walking distance? The answer seems obvious now, but when Yvonne van Amerongen helped develop the groundbreaking Hogeweyk dementia care center in Amsterdam 25 years ago, it was seen as a risky break from tradition. Journey with van Amerongen to Hogeweyk and get a glimpse at what a reimagined nursing home based on freedom, meaning and social life could look like.
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Comments • 89

  • Harinder Singh Ossan

    This is nothing but "Act of God" !

  • Nicol Bolas
    Nicol Bolas 2 months ago

    This is wonderful, but do these individuals really have "very advanced dementia?" A lot of the patients I see with very advanced dementia are no longer able to walk, eat, dress, or talk. How do we help the individuals who are at that stage of their dementia?

  • celestialcircledance
    celestialcircledance 4 months ago

    She advocates small group settings so how to manage the long waiting lists ?

  • Mr. Derek Gets it!
    Mr. Derek Gets it! 4 months ago

    THE COLUMBINE SHOOTERS MOM GETS A CLIP. That loser should be jailed! No comments allowed so I'll leave a comment on every video! DO NOT CELEBRATE LOSER PARENTS THAT STOOD IN THE WAY OF HELP, when parents are responsible for their kids actions then we will see less death! SICKENING TO APPLAUD COLUMBINES SHOOTERS MOM SHAME,

  • Qaamm
    Qaamm 4 months ago

    we also have one ireland, it is brilliant.

  • mtaehwang
    mtaehwang 4 months ago

    Who would want to be part of demented devolved dumbfuct society becoming a full blown irreversible idiocracy?

  • Stephen V
    Stephen V 4 months ago

    I experience this problem when I had my first run in with schizophrenia I was put in good Samaritan hospital in Bakersfield CA. We where put in rooms and we could not see outside only our area we couldnt see through or over the fence we didn't know what was going on in the next room what happened is I thought the world ended and not seeing or hearing other people only made it worse I was alone with my supposed devil with nothing to go off of except the other patients and a TV that only showed a religious channel that only fueled my paranoia and loneliness I came to the point of hearing my mother die and had no other choice to believe at the time noone bothered to explain I was just another crazy guy

  • The Paper Pineapple
    The Paper Pineapple 4 months ago +1

    7:03 most upscale bar I've ever seen.

    9:19 This is not for the rich. We've been doing this as any traditional nursing home as in our country we work only with state budget

    I think some number-fudging might be involved.

  • Hajar Mammadova
    Hajar Mammadova 5 months ago

    but would it actually be suitable for Alzheimer’s dementia ill people? like as the time passes their behavior mainly becomes more and more aggressive

  • John Arnold
    John Arnold 5 months ago

    Dementia need only go to the government to see that....

  • starlight shreeya
    starlight shreeya 5 months ago +1

    Your are a wonderful daughter dear

  • Zoe_13
    Zoe_13 5 months ago +1

    It’s a nice idea. What I want to know is, does this kind of care slow down the degenerative process of dementia to enable the person to live out their days in such an environment? and if not what happens when their level of care needs to be increased?

  • Bill Hubeir
    Bill Hubeir 5 months ago


  • SeoYun Woo
    SeoYun Woo 5 months ago

    What a amazing idea!!!
    I have a question, in that village, they will be still confused about their-self. If someone want to do their previous work and want to productive business then how can you handle this? What should we do? Help to work again? I’m seriously wondered.

  • Cathy
    Cathy 5 months ago

    So beautiful, thank you do much for this talk and the work you do everyday to protect those who need it the most.

  • Lieve Leysen
    Lieve Leysen 5 months ago


  • Sue Young
    Sue Young 5 months ago

    This is good that patients are being nicely cared for. The cure for many degenerative diseases lies in realizing that the electrical fields from our modern life cause accumulated breakdown of our biological processes.
    Our bodies are electrical as well as chemical.

  • Boss Lax316
    Boss Lax316 5 months ago +2

    Fun fact, this lady thought she was ordering at McDonalds

  • Nazarii Matsokha
    Nazarii Matsokha 5 months ago

    Thank you for our your work.

  • ana ML
    ana ML 5 months ago

    Amazing setting. This what we need for the elderly that strugle to find company even by close family members. Hopefully one day this will be the setting of many nursing homes.

  • MrTommy4000
    MrTommy4000 5 months ago +1

    Anger is dimentias shadow. Caregivers need to be aware that the anger is not personal. It's more about the frustration in lucid moments in realizing that you're slipping further and further away.

  • Upgrade
    Upgrade 5 months ago

    have you seen the Australian trials where they blast plaque in the brain using ultrasonic tech.

  • Laurie Huntley
    Laurie Huntley 5 months ago +2

    This is an Amazing Facility! Wish my Mom could be there.....

  • JediSiouxsie
    JediSiouxsie 5 months ago +3

    Does this woman think everyone is rich? The dementia village would be ridiculously expensive.

    • JediSiouxsie
      JediSiouxsie 5 months ago

      @Stijn de Zeeuw Which means it has private pay residents.

    • Stijn de Zeeuw
      Stijn de Zeeuw 5 months ago

      she said at the end of the video, they have the same state budget as every other care home

  • Velelia
    Velelia 5 months ago

    The fact that you now can wake up to an astounding environment and not a dull hospital is incredible! Every person with dementia should be able to live like this and I really hope that this association expands this village over the whole world.

  • Mmm K
    Mmm K 5 months ago

    I hope this spreads like wildfire!! Share this people!

  • Kyle Marquis
    Kyle Marquis 5 months ago +5

    I’d like to know more about how they manage to keep the same costs while having to build and maintain all the different lifestyle residences, each with their kitchen, bathroom, shops, etc. Typical hospitals seem to centralize food production, as an example, so it would appear that this new method would be more expensive. Maybe they save on money due to better patient outcomes, I’m not sure?

    • Qaamm
      Qaamm 4 months ago

      It isn't free as far as i know. If they own a property, a small amount of its value is transferred to the company when they die. This is providing they cant pay the cost up front. We have one in Ireland and that's how it works, government will pay a proportion, however, only if you cant afford it yourself. It's all means tested, at least in Ireland. Basically our whole care sector is privatized. They are running a business though. do not for one second think they aren't making money.

  • Mofareah
    Mofareah 5 months ago

    Great , thank you.

  • hfb
    hfb 5 months ago +1

    Oh wow so like a college dormitory but for Elders. I love it and it makes sense!

  • Lunareon
    Lunareon 5 months ago +2

    There was another talk, which explained that Alzheimer's disease makes people regress into their teenage selves, and that putting patients into an environment resembling that of their teenage years helps them enormously. I wonder if this idea of dementia villages could be combined with the idea of recreating environments from the past to benefit people with various memory-related illnesses. In any case, this is such an important topic. Everyone deserves a humane old age, and the current hospital-like facilities are utterly unable to provide one.

  • Katsunov
    Katsunov 5 months ago +4

    as a grandchild who met my grandfather once for the first and last time as a teen this made me cry...
    i wish that this project grows more all around the globe, i still have faith in humanity

  • Julia Schmoolia
    Julia Schmoolia 5 months ago +6

    it absolutely blows my mind and fills my heart with so much joy and hope for the world that something like this exists! in the darkest of times, there are things like this that just shine through brighter than the rest ! i love love love it

  • clara1548
    clara1548 5 months ago +3

    This is the best of humanity. Right here.

  • wojciech strzelecki
    wojciech strzelecki 5 months ago

    Jeez 0:50 yes we do. In likely 95% of cases it's called proper nutrition & lifestyle

    • DaLuke101
      DaLuke101 5 months ago +3

      That's prevention mate... different concepts

  • Autumn Peck
    Autumn Peck 5 months ago +1


  • Dave Smith
    Dave Smith 5 months ago

    I'm unable to comment due to RUclip censorship 😒

  • Nai'x Sümi
    Nai'x Sümi 5 months ago

    Good job. Keep it up....

  • Kongolox
    Kongolox 5 months ago +9

    Thank you Yvonne :)
    And this should be standardized in every major city in the world.

  • L. D.
    L. D. 5 months ago +4

    I worked in a memory care unit where most patients or "residents" as they were called lived in a somewhat home-like setting. they lived in single person rooms (unless married) and most rooms were furnished by their families, so it was familiar to them. I can tell you this - unless carefully supervised - a pond they featured could be extremely dangerous for someone with dementia. we also kept our kitchen (just like a regular kitchen except it included a restaurant-style drink machine) locked. the people with dementia who remembered how to not only use a door handle but to turn a lock, would accidentally grab knives, completely cover themselves in food or drink, etc and it was NOT safe! this was one of the nicer facilities in my area (southeastern United States) and it was roughly $7,000 USD PER MONTH. most insurance did not cover this. so, this is only for the very rich or people who have rich children lol. in my opinion, a place like this would be much better for a regular assisted living facility.

  • JE Hoyes
    JE Hoyes 5 months ago +1

    I don’t know what she means by “state budget”. In the UK, most everything for the elderly and disabled is means-tested. Nursing home care is £4000+ a month. Where I live there are no state-owned or cooperative member/worker owned care homes. It’s _all_ in the private sector.

  • Brother Delphi
    Brother Delphi 5 months ago +1

    take caffeine out of their diet and you will witness a change

  • x
    x 5 months ago +2

    Very glad you recieve standing ovation for your efforts

  • Pixie Padlock
    Pixie Padlock 5 months ago +11

    Thank you for your hard work. You are doing amazing work for the people and humanity 💜✨😭

  • Christian kathryn Grimes
    Christian kathryn Grimes 5 months ago +6

    i like to thank her for helping these elderly people not lose the will to live and for treating them like real people cause they are my great grand ma died last year cause she lost the will to live

  • My NewPhone
    My NewPhone 5 months ago

    Those that cannot help themseves in a terminal way shd be set free to depart from the planet.

  • tashuys
    tashuys 5 months ago +12

    What a truly inspiring idea!
    I'm in the process of qualifying as a Health Care Worker and have worked in an old age home as part of my training. It is really heartbreaking to witness the effect of constant confusion on someone, and the fear that goes along with it. The waiting for someone to come and take them home, away from this place.
    I hope to come across a similar workplace at some point, where real progress is made and best practices can be established.

    • Emily B
      Emily B 5 months ago +2

      Good luck on qualifying, I'm a health care assistant and activities coordinator, it's amazing, challenging & heartbreakingly beautiful work.
      Check out teepa snow on yt, she has great webinars on how to care for advanced dementia as well.
      I wish I could work at a place like this too

  • Vickey Efremidis
    Vickey Efremidis 5 months ago +5

    The medical profession has no idea what they’re doing w/the elderly... my experience w/my father taught me that ! They torture them w/copious amounts of drugs ... none had empathy 🤨 and most are abusive
    It’s very sad

  • seasong
    seasong 5 months ago

    Can't wait till I forget all the embarrasing things I did 😂😂😅

  • Claire Ghethan
    Claire Ghethan 5 months ago +2


  • bigbabyjesus jealousonestillenvy

    Poor people need not apply. This is for the 1%

  • chouca
    chouca 5 months ago +2


  • Stewart Taylor
    Stewart Taylor 5 months ago +20

    What a wonderful and beautiful way to treat our elders. Respect and love is what they want. Remember that they were once people like us and just getting on with life. You have done an wonderful thing in creating that place. Thank you 🙏

  • David Thattenbanos
    David Thattenbanos 5 months ago +22

    So many run down estates in the UK with no work opportunities and just sit there boarded up and rotting. They could easily become communities for the elderly.
    To be fair they could become communities for anyone again. But private landlords and a profit only objective ruins everything.

    • Mr. E
      Mr. E 5 months ago

      D S Thousands of empty homes, hundreds of misc. buildings lay empty and owned by the banks. Tons of food literally thrown out everyday while others starve. Your race needs a new way, destroying yourselves and the great world around you is far from the way, Humons are lost.

  • JewelryMaker 1
    JewelryMaker 1 5 months ago +45

    May we see these kind of villages popping up Everywhere! 💞

  • TheVwbich
    TheVwbich 5 months ago +18

    This is beautiful. Although woman are 1/3 more likely to get late onset dementia, not because they are able to care for their husbands. I hope everyone will take this idea and implament it in their cities

    • luvtheheaven5
      luvtheheaven5 5 months ago +3

      Women are much more likely to become widows than men because men die younger

  • jimquinndallas
    jimquinndallas 5 months ago +63

    After being around a couple of people who suffered from dementia, I find this to be a revolutionary project! The fact that the Hogeweyk center can provide all this yet stay within state-budgeted funds is simply wonderful. The mean-spirited comments here are disappointing to see especially for those of us who are senior citizens who may be in this sort of position sooner or later. I believe that what goes around, comes around and I wouldn't wish dementia upon anyone. It truly is nothing to joke about.

  • mhtinla
    mhtinla 5 months ago +16

    The village is beautiful. I want to move there.

  • Eliza Grogan
    Eliza Grogan 5 months ago +28

    How wonderful. The Dutch understand care for the sick and elderly.

    • John Hillman
      John Hillman 5 months ago

      The government is willing to prioritize and pay.

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      Ša Ŕah 5 months ago

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  • Rogério Costato
    Rogério Costato 5 months ago +4

    Yes! Amazing! To extremally rich people.

    • femmeNikita27
      femmeNikita27 5 months ago +1

      @Rogério Costato Sadly, humans have never really cooperated with each other on mass scale. What's more there never was a year on a global scale without any ongoing war in human history. And scarcity of resources mixed with human attachment to look up to cultural and ethnical differences as a source of a conflict will most likely bring more, not less violent conflicts in the future. Like you I've been wondering what it would take. Maybe survival of a really tiny group of humans with resources for a larger population after some Armageddon-like event? Because for now it's really hard to see any sign of improvement going beyond "rich getting richer" and their unlimited consumption from birth to their last breath and "poor only getting poorer" and struggling to make ends meet all their life. For young working people from slum of Africa this also is an example of "rich never having enough, overconsuming till their last breath" in luxury housing conditions most of them willl never experience in this life.

    • femmeNikita27
      femmeNikita27 5 months ago +2

      @MJ Arteaga Yes, in a very small and a very rich country. This state founding didn't come out of nowhere- some very poor yet rich in natural resources large countries have paid for this.( I bet you might count in people frm Africa making less than 1 dollar per hour into this group). In small rich countries current wave of aging population is still manageable. In rich but large countries it's currently getting beyond manageable due to scarcity of medical professionals to attend everyone for example, so in those countries opposite is more likely- more mass housing, so that doctors could visit every elderly person easier. This case is for small and rich countries only. Probably with an aging popluation limited in size to a certain amount beyond which such system will fail. Yes, great humanitarian idea in essence but not feasible for many, certainly not applicable in large yet very poor countries with serious demographic issues. I wish this would be for everyone, I really do. But for my country, for countries I know and have studied during various projects in demographic trends it's like seeing the future you know you will never get yourself.

    • Rogério Costato
      Rogério Costato 5 months ago

      @MJ Arteaga I am really concerned about how provide for everybody a good life. Really, trully! How each one that borned here could be well? More than 4 billion people live with low awareness and 1 person in 200.000.000 maybe can access good treatments at the end of life. Serious way. How we can really help each others? World fund! World health, world friend! No more Venezuelas, Syrias, Vietnans, Iraques...seriously! How we could stabilize our Humanity. Became Human, escape of this draw stage of humanity!

    • MJ Arteaga
      MJ Arteaga 5 months ago +3

      @Rogério Costato I don't know if you're being cynical, but there could be alternatives for other dementia patients with lower incomes that don't involve completely secluding them from the outside world.
      When there's the will there's a way. Your implication that this can only be done for rich people is incredibly defeatist. Aside of prayer, work gets people places. If someone puts their mind to it and builds the right connections, it can become a reality.
      Only then will humanity grow and manage achieve a good life for everyone.

    • Rogério Costato
      Rogério Costato 5 months ago +3

      @MJ Arteaga yes rich state with rich people. I really loved the initiative . Congrats. I am prayer to humanity grow in all aspects and every body could live well

  • Yousuf Y
    Yousuf Y 5 months ago +1