A retirement home in Dresden has gone to extreme lengths to help jog the memories of those with dementia, decorating the facility so it resembles the decor of communist East Germany.Alexa Seniors’ Residence has decorated several rooms with 1970s wallpaper and furniture reminiscent of what would have been found in the former German Democratic Republic (GDR).
But it doesn’t end with furnishings. Residents can even purchase everyday products from the era in an on-site shop. A photo of Erich Honecker, the general secretary of the East Germany communist party, hangs inside the store.
The retro features did not come about easily. The retirement home’s management team committed themselves to scouring flea markets and eBay for communist-era knick-knacks.
Among the treasures they found and purchased were portable cassette players, outdated cookers, and a giant bread-slicer.