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Nursing Home’s Retro Rooms Help Dementia Patients Remember the Past

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For patients with Alzheimer’s disease, sensory cues involving sight, sound, and touch can be used to rouse otherwise hard-to-reach memories. One elder-care facility in Pennsylvania has tapped into this idea of “reminiscence therapy” using rooms that emulate the 1930s, '40s, and '50s.

In the dementia wing of the Easton Home, Alzheimer’s patients can lounge in the vintage kitchen furnished with a cast-iron stove and wringer washing machine, or dance in the living room where there’s a wood-paneled radio (actual music is played from an iPod hidden inside the radio cabinet). A neighboring hallway is lined with images and memorabilia that evoke memories of travel, marriage, parenthood, fishing, the military, and cars, with small signs offering prompts like, “How did you learn to drive?”

This nursing home isn’t the first to offer specialized memory units for patients with Alzheimer’s. The Cedar Lake Village retirement community in Olathe, Kansas, is building an assisted-living facility that will feature a 1968 Ford pickup in the courtyard. In the UK, residents can take a stroll down Grove Care Ltd.’s “Memory Lane,” which features a pub, post office, and grocery store inspired by the 1950s.

There are about 5.3 million people with Alzheimer’s in America today, and that number is only expected to increase as the Baby Boomers age. While reminiscence therapy isn't a cure, it has been shown to improve mood and curb agitation in patients with the disease. “It takes them back to a place that they’re familiar with and they can talk about their stories and share their experiences,” Easton Home's community life coordinator, Jennifer Woolley, told the Associated Press. “You’re just walking into the past and they love it.” 

[h/t: Morning Call

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One Photographer's Quest to Document Every Frank Lloyd Wright Structure in the World
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From California’s Marin County Civic Center to the Yokodo Guest House in Ashiya City, Japan, Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence spans countries and continents. Today, 532 of the architect’s original designs remain worldwide—and one photographer is racking up the miles in an attempt to photograph each and every one of them, according to Architectural Digest.

Andrew Pielage is the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s unofficial photographer. The Phoenix-based shutterbug got his gig after friends introduced him to officials at Taliesin West, the late designer’s onetime winter home and studio that today houses the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

Higher-ups at Taliesin West allowed Pielage to photograph the property in 2011, and they liked his work so much that they commissioned him for other projects. Since then, Pielage has shot around 50 Wright buildings, ranging from Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, to the Hollyhock House in Los Angeles.

Pielage takes vertical panoramas to “get more of Wright in one image,” and he also prefers to work with natural light to emphasize the way the architect integrated his structures to correspond with nature’s rhythms. While Pielage still has over 400 more FLW projects to go until he's done capturing the icon’s breadth of work, you can check out some of his initial shots below.

[h/t Architectural Digest]

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Inside This Pop-Up Book Are a Planetarium, a Speaker, a Decoder Ring, and More
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Designer Kelli Anderson's new book is for more than just reading. This Book Is a Planetarium is really a collection of paper gadgets. With each thick, card stock page you turn, another surprise pops out.

"This book concisely explains—and actively demonstrates with six functional pop-up paper contraptions—the science at play in our everyday world," the book's back cover explains. It turns out, there's a whole lot you can do with a few pieces of paper and a little bit of imagination.

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There's the eponymous planetarium, a paper dome that you can use with your cell phone's flashlight to project constellations onto the ceiling. There's a conical speaker, which you can use to amplify a smaller music player. There's a spiralgraph you can use to make geometric designs. There's a basic cipher you can use to encode and decode secret messages, and on its reverse side, a calendar. There's a stringed musical instrument you can play on. All are miniature, functional machines that can expand your perceptions of what a simple piece of paper can become.

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