More villages for people with Alzheimer’s on the way

Nursing homes in Denmark struggle to meet the needs of the growing number of residents suffering from the illness

More Danish municipalities are planning to build villages for people with Alzheimer’s, reports Jyllands-Posten.

On Monday, Odense Municipality confirmed it is building the nation’s first village for people suffering from Alzheimer’s.

The little village will have a shop, hairdresser and cafe, offer a more secure existence for its 200-300 inhabitants and is scheduled to be completed in three years’ time.

According to the newspaper, traditional nursing homes are finding it difficult to accommodate the growing number of Danes with the illness.

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A vulnerable group
Aalborg is one of the municipalities planning to build such a village.

“Citizens with Alzheimer’s are a very vulnerable group and we are tremendously inspired by the idea to build a village for them with 75 houses,” Thomas Krarup, a councilor for the elderly and disabled in Aalborg, told Jyllands-Posten.

Growing in numbers
The number of people with Alzheimer’s in Denmark is expected to rise by 40 percent to 127,000 people over the next 10 years.

Today, it is estimated that at least six out of 10 residents at traditional nursing homes suffer from Alzheimer’s.

The World Alzheimer’s Report 2015 revealed that the number of people with dementia worldwide is expected to nearly triple from 47 million today to 132 million by 2050.