a phantom bus stop

A German nursing home has come up with a novel idea to stop Alzheimer’s patients from wandering off: a phantom bus stop. The bus stop, in front of the Benrath Senior Centre in the western city of Düsseldorf, is an exact replica of a standard stop, with one small difference: buses never stop there. [..] It sounds funny but it helps. Their short-term memory hardly works at all, but the long-term memory is still active. They know the green and yellow bus sign and remember that waiting there means they will go home. The result is that errant patients now wait for their trip home at the bus stop, before quickly forgetting why they were there in the first place. [..]

Telegraph.co.uk via kottke.org

Lipiec 23, 2010 ,