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Old 07-06-2008, 12:32 AM   #1
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Default Fake bus stop keeps Alzheimer's patients from wandering off

http://current.com/items/89004799_fa..._wandering_off
http://reason.com/blog/show/126902.html

...also found in "News of the Weird":
Quote:
WEEK OF JUNE 29, 2008
LEAD STORY
Faced with its Alzheimer's residents' tendency to wander away, the Benrath Senior Centre in Dusseldorf, Germany, came up with a novel approach: a fake bus stop (an exact replica of a real one) out front. Straying residents might be attracted to the familiar colors and design of the kiosk (because long-term memory is typically still robust) and wait there for a bus instead of trying to "go home" on foot. But short-term, the resident is typically unaware of how long he has been waiting and will remain until a Centre employee sees him and can guide him back into the home (which often is easy because the resident has by then forgotten why he is sitting there, according to a June dispatch from Berlin in London's Daily Telegraph). [Daily Telegraph (London), 6-3-08]


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