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Restaurant Only Employs Waiters With Dementia and the Results Are Amazing

As a frequent diner, it can often be frustrating when you order one dish and receive something completely different. When you visit a restaurant we often have the expectation that when we place our order the wait staff will take the care to make sure we get what we order.

It's understandable that some times people forget, but when you're suffering from a mental illness with each lost memory you feel a little more aimless.

One restaurant took aim on Tokyo's Toyosu district with a mission to hire only waiters with dementia.

The hope was to raise awareness of the illness and show that dementia patients can be functioning members of society.

People who suffer from dementia experience that symptoms that include memory loss, difficulties thinking, problem-solving or language, which can hamper a person's ability to perform daily activities.

Since dementia is a progressive disease, it means these symptoms will get worse as more brain cells continue to become damaged and will eventually die.

While there is no way to stop the progression, there are plenty of ways to continue to live a healthy lifestyle.

Making sure you eat properly, and exercise, resting when you're tired and staying connected with family members will help maintain a good quality of life.

Try to avoid performing multiple tasks at once, and instead just focus on doing one thing at a time. Remember to write things down, follow a routine and avoid over-stimulation with large crowds.

Continue to the next page to see what the restaurant experience was like.

Food blogger Mizuho Kudo visited The Restaurant of Order Mistakes and realized the true effects of the dementia disease when she ordered a hamburger and received dumplings instead.

Knowing about these waiters background, really changed the perception about those who suffer from this brain disease.

Kudo also claimed that waiters were full of smiles and seemed to be having fun working in the restaurant.

The Restaurant of Order Mistakes was a clever spin on a book called The Restaurant of Many Orders about 2 men looking for an impressive looking restaurant in the middle of the woods.

After a successful trial from June 2-4, 2017, the restaurant is planning to open another pop-up event on September 21 for World Alzheimer's Day.

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