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Inside the $28 Million Alzheimer's Village Where Patients Can Shop, Farm and Socialize Freely

A multimillion-dollar village designed as part of an experimental treatment for sufferers of Alzheimer’s disease has started construction in the south of France.

The complex—hailed as France’s first "Alzheimer's village”—will house 120 people and will include amenities such as shops, a gym, a restaurant and a small farm, allowing residents to walk freely and maintain a social life, despite their condition. Construction of France’s first facility of its kind began on Monday near a spa town in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region and will open in 2019.

“There won’t be any white coats in the village,” Gabriel Bellocq, former mayor of the Dax commune, where the new settlement will stand, told daily newspaper Le Parisien. “We wanted the patients to feel at home in an environment that could remind them of life in the good old days.”

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