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Unique Care Facilities Offer Hope for Dementia Patients

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  • With costs for dementia care soaring, some families are now considering care alternatives far away from home, on the other side of the globe, to provide their ailing family member with better care for less cost
  • “Dementia: The Unspooling Mind” features three unique dementia care facilities in Thailand and the Netherlands
  • Dementia Village, just outside Amsterdam, is an entire village built to simulate the most normal life possible for dementia patients, in a sort of “manufactured reality” that keeps them both happy and safe
  • At the Thai Baan Kamlangchay center, which translates to “care from the heart,” there are no locks, gates or fences. Instead, each resident has a constant caretaker at their side for around-the-clock supervision and companionship
  • Care Resort Chiang Mai in Thailand sits on 11 acres of trees, gardens, swimming pool, fishponds and a lake. Each residence is equipped with a full nursing care station, and sightseeing excursions and a spa are part of their treatment

By Dr. Mercola

Like autism among children, Alzheimer's among seniors has reached epidemic proportions, with no slowdown in sight. On the contrary, evidence suggests the trend is worsening. At present, Alzheimer's affects about 5.4 million Americans and is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. The World Health Organization predicts that by 2050, 1 in 6 adults will be living with dementia, which means elderly dementia care facilities will soon be in critical demand.

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