Understanding Alzheimer's Disease
Every 67 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. Today there are approximately 61,000 Oklahomans living with Alzheimer’s. Sadly, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are the seventh leading cause of death in Oklahoma. Some individuals are in the early stage of the disease, and their families are still recovering from the shock of the diagnosis. Other individuals 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. To help family members and caregivers we are offering the Virtual Dementia Tour.
The future outlook for Alzheimer’s is concerning. While the mortality rate for many other leading causes of death in the United States has declined significantly, the Alzheimer’s Association projects Alzheimer’s related deaths will jump significantly. Oklahoma is not likely to buck this trend. It is estimated that in the next 10 years, 76,000 Oklahomans – nearly the population of Edmond – will develop Alzheimer’s.
Impact on Families
The burden this places on families is unimaginable. In 2014, 220,000 Oklahomans provided over 250 million hours of care for their loved ones. We want to support these family caregivers and help community leaders and professional caregivers better understand the toll dementia takes on an individual. That's why we introduced the Virtual Dementia Tour to Edmond.
An immersive experience, the Virtual Dementia Tour® temporarily alters a participant's physical, sensory, and cognitive abilities with props and circumstances designed to simulate the physical and mental changes one living with Alzheimer's experiences. Developed by Second Wind Dreams, the Virtual Dementia Tour is a scientifically proven method designed to build sensitivity and awareness in individuals caring for those with dementia.
Our Commitment to Alzheimer’s & Dementia Education
Since bringing the Virtual Dementia Tour to Edmond and the surrounding areas, we have hosted a number of tours in the area. Over 100 family caregivers, community leaders and health care professionals have taken the Virtual Dementia Tour. We routinely partner with community organizations provide training to their members and family caregivers.