A diagnosis of dementia is a confronting one, whether for the person directly affected, or the family and friends who love them. According to the World Health Organisation, 55 million people worldwide have dementia and this number is predicted to triple by 2050 largely due to population growth and the ageing population.
For the millions of people currently living with dementia, a condition that describes a range of cognitive impairments that affect a person's memory, thinking, reasoning, and ability to perform daily activities, work is often in short supply.
And in our fast-paced society where expectations are high and speed is everything, our empathy and patience with those who can't keep up are limited. People with dementia are placed out of sight in care facilities even though research shows that meaningful work and connection can help with some symptoms.
Proving that there is another way to include people with dementia in wider society, an eatery concept in Japan has been hiring people with dementia for many years.
The owner of the Tokyo-based 'Restaurant of Mistaken Orders', television producer Shiro Oguni says he wanted to take a kinder and more inclusive approach.
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“Dementia is so widely misunderstood,” said Oguni speaking in an interview about his restaurant that originally opened as a pop-up in 2017.