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People with dementia find renewed purpose working on farms


July 14, 2022

Four days a week, Kees Oranje’s 81-year-old mother Paula gets up and goes off to work on a farm in the neighbouring village of Brielle, just west of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Depending on the day, Paula might feed chickens, help with chores, or join in preparing lunch. The farm raises pigs and grows pumpkins, beans, kale and more in a large vegetable garden. In many ways, Boerderij Op Aarde — which means “Farm On Earth” — resembles a typical Dutch working farm, but with one key difference: Paula and most of her fellow farm workers have dementia.

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