“I had no idea.”

“Everyone on the planet needs to experience this!”

“You are an active learner… you walk in the shoes of someone with dementia.”

“It’s a true head-to-toe experience.”

“There is an immediate and lasting change of perception.”

“It will touch your heart.”

These are just some of the quotes we’ve heard about the Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT), the original, ground-breaking, evidence-based, and scientifically proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia. The VDT uses patented sensory tools and instruction based on research conducted by P.K. Beville, M.S., a specialist in geriatrics and the founder of Second Wind Dreams®. During a Virtual Dementia Tour experience, trained facilitators guide participants outfitted with patented devices that alter their senses while they try to complete common everyday tasks and exercises. The Tour enables caregivers to experience for themselves the physical and mental challenges those with dementia face and use the experience to provide better person-centered care. And here’s another special feature… proceeds from the Virtual Dementia Tour are used to fulfill the mission of Second Wind Dreams to make dreams come true for elders who live in long-term care. ​​

​The truth is that when dementia strikes, it strikes the whole community, not just the individual. The Virtual Dementia Tour was also developed to provide a way for members of the community to have a glimpse into the world of dementia… and then develop their own recommendations for their business, family, or anywhere that dementia is experienced. Appropriate participants include:

Emergency first responders

Police officers

Fire fighters

Local businesses

Community groups

Houses of worship​

Watch our video to learn more about the Virtual Dementia Tour® and its impact on participants.

Reprinted from Secondwind.org

 

Take the Virtual Dementia Tour at Wesley Manor!

The Virtual Dementia Tour will be back for the third year on Thursday, March 28, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., in the Assisted Living Center.
The Tour lasts 15-20 minutes. Participants wear special goggles, earphones, gloves and shoe inserts that simulate what it’s like to have dementia. They are led into a dimly-lit room and asked to perform simple tasks. They are then de-briefed with dementia tour instructors, to reflect on their experiences. Please note, this is not recommended for those who have dementia or severe vision problems.
The event is free, but reservations are recommended, as space is limited. Contact Linda Pike, 502-969-3277 or lpike@wesman.org to reserve your time slot.