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Uses for a fake bus stop

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 22, 2010

There’s a fake bus stop in front of a German nursing home; its purpose is to “trap” Alzheimers patients who wander off from the home in search of home.

“Their short-term memory hardly works at all, but the long-term memory is still active. They know the green and yellow bus sign and remember that waiting there means they will go home.” The result is that errant patients now wait for their trip home at the bus stop, before quickly forgetting why they were there in the first place.

(via bldgblog)