Most of you know that I lost my mother in February to the complications of age and dementia. Dementia is a disease that I witnessed firsthand and one that had me always looking for the bright spots as mom’s memory and health declined.
So, it’s no surprise that the following story captured my complete attention and heart. It comes from Tokyo, Japan.
The story is from 2017, but its premise is completely positive for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
“The Restaurant of Order Mistakes has just opened in Tokyo and it only hires waiters with dementia. The pop-up’s premise is that the staff may get your order wrong but if you go there knowing that from the start, you won’t dwell on it too much – and it might change your perception about those suffering from the illness. It also hopes to show people that dementia patients can be functioning members of society.”
What an amazing, novel and loving idea to help those with memory loss feel needed and respected. I would love to be seated at such a restaurant.
Another article regarding the Pop-Up Restaurant can be found HERE.
Yelling at the wait staff for wrong orders is prohibited, as it should be.
The Restaurant of Mistaken Orders has a website and a couple of videos on the home page. Make sure you watch the first video for plenty of happy smiles. I haven’t been able to find more recent activity from 2019, but hoping that Mr. Oguni and the restaurant team have plans for the near future. And wouldn’t it be great for pop-up restaurants with dementia wait staff to find their way across the planet?
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