What is the Virtual Dementia Tour
In the United States, there are about 5 million people aged 65 and up who suffer from Alzheimer's, the most common form of dementia. Most likely, you or someone you know is caring for someone with this degenerative disease.
The Virtual Dementia Tour is a unique simulation that allows participants to experience life through the eyes of their friends and loved ones who have dementia or Alzheimer's. It was designed to reflect physical conditions like hearing lost, central peripheral vision, sensory nerve damange and fine motor skills decline, as well as the onset of arthritis and neuropathy.
Participants are encouraged to take the tour in honor of a loved one who has been affected by Alzheimer's or another dementia. To quote one recent participant, "It was an eye opening and a MIND opening experience." Taking part in this event will transform your sympathy to empathy. Who will you take the tour for?
How Do I Participate?
The event is offered free to UK employees, but an appointment is required. The next Virtual Dementia Tour will be held Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at the Gaines Center for the Humanities, The Commonwealth House, located at 226 E. Maxwell Street. Appointments are required and available 11:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m on the quarter-hour. For more information and to schedule an appointment, contact Terri Weber, UK Elder Care Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where is the VDT located?
The Virtual Dementia Tour will be held at the Commonwealth House located at 226 E. Maxwell Street. Parking is available on the street and in the "E" pass lot directly behind the building.