A “Town” from the 1950s May Offer New Hope for Dementia Patients
Imagine getting in a time machine and going back to the world of your youth. While that, unfortunately, is not possible, a non-profit organization has created a “town” in San Diego that simulates the experience of going back in time.
The project, called “Town Square,” is designed to help people with dementia, with most participants having early-to-moderate stage Alzheimer’s. People’s strongest memories tend to be formed when they are between 10 and 30 years old. Town Square is meant to stimulate those memories. Current participants are in their 70s and 80s, meaning their teenage and early-adult years were in the 1950s. The Town Square is meant to evoke the way a downtown area looked from 1953 to 1961.
Reminiscing Is Healthy for People with Dementia
When dementia patients are prompted with photos or music to remember and talk about their past, their mood and their ability to think and communicate may improve. Town Square is like one giant prompt. It’s an immersive environment, where everything is designed to bring back the memories of the past.
It contains 14 storefronts built by people who create sets for the opera. There are many special touches, such as rotary phones, photographs of movie stars from the 50s and a 1959 Thunderbird. Each storefront contains its own environment and set of activities. There’s a library with visiting storytellers, a pet shop that offers animal therapy and a sports pub with a pool table.
There May Soon Be a Town Square Near You
Right now, there is only one Town Square. The pilot project is in a warehouse in an industrial section of a San Diego suburb. The developers plan to franchise the project throughout the country. Plans are in the works to build approximately 10 to 20 Town Squares in the next year. Many will be in empty suburban shopping malls or strip malls.
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The Town Square is one piece of good news for people who have loved ones with dementia. With widespread elder and nursing home abuse, these memory towns are a bright spot in how society treats and perceives the elderly. Other innovations may also help increase dementia patients’ quality of life. The elder abuse attorneys at our firm in Los Angeles not only fight current cases, we also seek to change the future.
Sadly, the risk of abuse is often greater when living with dementia. If you ever suspect a loved one with dementia has been abused, call the elder abuse attorney office of Garcia & Artigliere in Los Angeles at (800) 281-8515 for a free consultation.