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Model village for Alzheimer’s patients in France encourages them to act and feel independent

October 15, 2020

Alzheimer’s patients fear losing their independence almost as much as they dread the loss of their cognitive abilities. But a new community in France has been designed to liberate these patients from traditional memory care units—and allow them to have freedom of choice and freedom of movement each day, the Good News Network reports.

Indeed, in southwestern France near the city of Dax, a community has been createdto fulfill the specific needs of its 105 residents—all of whom suffer from Alzheimer’s in varying stages. Built in the same spirit as De Hogeweyk, a purpose-built village for dementia patients in the Netherlands, it’s the first such facility in France.

In addition to nursing facilities, the Landais campus includes a grocery store, hair salon, cafeteria, library, and music room. Residents are given as much freedom as their conditions allow, and treated to numerous entertainments.

According to the Good News Network, they also are encouraged to participate in daily activities that can include shopping, cooking, and regular hairstyling appointments—because experts believe that sticking to a familiar routine may actually hinder the advance of the disease’s worst symptoms.

“It’s like being at home,” 82-year-old Madeleine Elissalde, one of the village’s first residents, told Reuters. “We’re well looked after.”

The program costs in the neighborhood of 6.7 million euros (US$7.8 million) to run each year. Residents and their families kick in about 24,000 euros (US$28,000) in annual fees, but more than half the total expense is subsidized by government authorities.

Expensive? Perhaps, but researchers at France’s National Institute of Health and Medical Research say that seeing how such model conditions impact the progression of dementia may ultimately hep them gain insights for future treatment standards.

In the meantime, residents of villages in France, the Netherlands, and another prototype community in Canada are able to live out the remainder of their years with not only a measure of self-esteem, dignity, and sense of purpose but some true “liberté, égalité, et fraternité” as well.

Research contact: @goodnewsnetwork

A missile silo to call home: Converted luxury condos in Kansas attract millionaires seeking safety

January 27, 2020

It’s not just the survivalists anymore. People of means are spending big bucks on bunkers and fortified homes that can protect their families from the arctic blasts, heat waves, earthquakes, tsunamis, fires, floods, tornadoes, and hurricanes that are striking with ever-greater regularity.

Indeed, according to a report by Fox Business News, millionaires concerned about the end of the world are buying modern-looking, luxury versions of bomb shelters for over $1.5 million each. And they will even leave the East and West coasts to live in a “flyover state,” if that’s the key to their peace of mind.

The latest in luxury shelters are opulent doomsday condos  converted that are being converted within an Atlas Missile Silo in rural Kansas—and Larry Hall, the owner and project manager at Survival Condo, told Fox Business that, while most are buying the “highly engineered” facilities “just in case,” some people are using the souped-up pads to live out their golden years.

The facility offers a range of amenities, including a movie theater, indoor shooting range, arcade, dog park, library, and an indoor pool; as well as a medical center, a communications complex; aquaponics farmd for fish and plants; redundant electricity, air, and water sources; and a digital weather station.

Each unit omes with a five-year food reserve, a wash and dryer, biometric keyless access, a 50-inch LED TV and home automation system, full kitchens with high-end appliances, and fully decoration done by professionals.

Hall told Fox Business that it’s also a licensed condominium with “well-thought-out” bylaws. They even hired psychologists to “refine” procedures to ensure that the condos are “sustainable in the long run,” he added.

Although the bunkers are “definitely” part of a very narrow market, according to Hall, they are multigenerational.

“These are thousand-year structures that will outlast great castles of Europe,” he said and he added that “it’s a great investment long-term and it gives you that peace of mind.”

Several full-floor condos already have been sold.

Research contact: @FoxBusiness