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Pop Up ‘Restaurant Of Order Mistakes’ Brings Light to Dementia

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From June 2-4 in Tokyo, a restaurant popped-up called “The Restaurant of Order Mistakes.” The experimental restaurant employed people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease as waiters with the intention of changing societal assumptions of people with brain diseases and their role in society. Though visitors knew they might get their receive an incorrect order, they realized through the experience that it simply didn’t matter. Even if mistakes were made, everyone had a delicious meal and the uncertainty didn’t ruin anyone’s day.

When an article about the restaurant was posted on Spoon & Tamago, some people criticized the event, saying it was exploiting and poking fun at the waters, but others saw the benefit of bringing reality of dementia to light. Like commenter Anissa W points out, “As a person who watched their Great grandma die from Alzheimer’s and Dementia, I personally think this idea is great. Dementia and Alzheimer’s is not something that can be stopped so I think the overall concept is to not get so frustrated when they make mistakes. Go with the flow and enjoy the time you have left with them.”

According to Bored Panda, an organizer of the pop-up event is planning on recreating the temporary restaurant to raise awareness for World Alzheimer’s Day which occurs on September 21st. They hope that their mission’s message continues to reach new people with open minds.