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Event lets participants experience dementia

Set for Aug. 21 at senior living facility

POSTED: August 19, 2013 12:28 a.m.

A local assisted living facility is offering the public a chance to experience what it feels like to have dementia.

The Oaks at Post Road Senior Living will present the Virtual Dementia Tour from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 21.

The tour provides opportunities for families, caregivers and professionals in the aging industry to experience the same physical and mental challenges as those who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

According to information from the Virtual Dementia Tour, there are more than 5 million people living with Alzheimer’s disease in the United States.

“The solution to Alzheimer’s disease today and in the foreseeable future is in developing a better and more personal understanding of the day-to-day challenges facing those with the disease,” said P.K. Beville, founder of the tour, in a statement.

“The Virtual Dementia Tour program is the tool that makes that understanding possible.”

According to information on the website of Second Wind Dreams, through which the program is offered, the tour helps participants learn more about dementia through activities that simulate loss of senses. Those senses include hearing, peripheral vision, sensory nerves and fine motor skills.

Andrew Greeson, community relations director for The Oaks at Post Road, said the tour “offers a glimpse of the physical and mental challenges associated with [dementia].”

The tour also includes information on how to care for people with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

“It gives caregivers, families and health care professionals a better understanding of these challenges and the needs of those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease,” Greeson said.


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