Beatitudes Campus will host the Virtual Dementia Tour, a unique and individual experience in a simulated environment created to better understand the physical and mental challenges that those with dementia face. During a Virtual Dementia Tour experience, participants are guided through everyday tasks and exercises while outfitted with devices that alter their senses. The Virtual Dementia Tour is sponsored by Western Arizona Council of Governments and the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging. The group is inviting first responders and elected officials to take the tour
The Virtual Dementia Tour is a way to more fully understand the environment surrounding a person who has trouble thinking. It employs four components to alter sense perception and simulate the day-to-day experiences that people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease have. Goggles impair vision while headphones simulate hearing difficulties, with sounds varying in decibel levels. Shoe inserts compromise mobility and special gloves simulate atrophy of sensory skills.
“Beatitudes Campus is pleased to host this tour sponsored by Western Arizona Council of Governments and the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging,” says Cheryl Knupp, senior vice president of health services. “Having first responders experience what a person with dementia experiences may assist them in adapting their approach to lessen the fear or confusion the person with trouble thinking may be feeling.”
Tours will be conducted on June 8-9, 2016, from 8 am to 5 pm. To schedule a 20-minute tour session, please contact the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging at 602-542-4710.
About Beatitudes Campus:
Founded in 1964, Beatitudes Campus is a faith-based not-for-profit life plan community offering a wide spectrum of services for older people including independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, memory support and home care services. Beatitudes Campus is a center of excellence and a leader in the field of aging services. The campus offers a model of wellness that promotes soundness of mind, spirit and body.
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