This is Town Square, a daytime care facility for people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia that attempts to engage participants with reminiscence therapy. The idea is to evoke an earlier era, which prompts participants to hark back to their most powerful memories, the ones indelibly etched between the ages of 10 and 30. Graduating high school.Falling in love for the first time. Getting married. Having kids. Several institutions around the world are experimenting with reminiscence therapy, including, notably, De Hogeweyk, a 9-acre nursing home just outside Amsterdam that opened in 2008.
Here is a link with all the pictures and more detail about what makes this such an inspirational approach to improving the live of those living with dementia.