The Dementia Live Experience
There is an old saying that you can't really understand the struggles someone is facing unless you've walked a mile in their shoes. But what if you are caring for a loved one with dementia? Is it possible to walk a mile in their shoes?
Historically someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease every minute. The most common form of dementia, Alzheimer's, affects hundreds of thousands of Illinois seniors. Sadly, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are one of the leading causes of death in Illinois. Some people are in the early stage of the disease, and their families are still recovering from the shock of the diagnosis. Other people have been struggling with the disease for years, and their family members are exhausted and feel powerless to halt or slow the march of the disease.
Walking a Mile in Their Shoes
"Dementia robs you of the chance to perform your most important role, you lose your cognitive abilities and no longer attend events. This is a chance to learn what it feels like to have dementia, the gear is designed to deprive wearers of their normal sensory input. It basically does a number on your brain. The headset produces distracting sounds. The glasses simulate age-related conditions such as cataracts and glaucoma." — Kathy Wetters, Right at Home Batavia Owner
Dementia Live Training
Dementia Live is an experiential sensitivity training for care providers, hospitals, community organizations and others who are caring for individuals with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. Participants are outfitted with specialized gear and are given a series of specific tasks to perform in the "Experience area." Following the interactive simulation, participants meet with an AGE-u-cate® to help them further understand what a person who lives with dementia experiences daily.