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Shopping in India and 'dementia village' in the Netherlands

Duration:
10 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 03 January 2013

In India there are no supermarkets. Years of economic regulation effectively shut foreign firms out of the vast consumer market in the country, and people are used to visiting neighbourhood stores to buy all of their food and drink. But that is changing, and the Indian government is now welcoming foreign giants such as Wal-Mart and Tesco. Andrew North has been canvassing opinion in his neighbourhood in Delhi.
Around the developed world, populations are getting older, and as a result societies are increasingly having to confront the challenge of treating dementia. One nursing home in the Netherlands has come up with an imaginative solution – Hogeway is a village complete with shops and communal areas, but staffed with professionals experienced at reducing conflict and confusion. But does creating a parallel world for dementia patients raise ethical concerns? Anna Holligan investigates.
Presented by Pascale Harter.

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