Experiencing the Struggles of Dementia Through The Virtual Dementia Tour Facilitated by Right at Home
April Wintermoyer, owner of Right At Home in Wheeling and Morgantown, is a Virtual Dementia Tour facilitator. April and her Right at Home team instruct tours throughout the Wheeling and Morgantown areas.
The Virtual Dementia Tour provides an interactive lesson in the challenges that face elderly patients who suffer from dementia, Alzheimer's Disease and/or other physical limitations. 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. It is an excellent lesson for family and professional caregivers to understand the loss of dexterity and sharpness of mind that comes with such brain effecting diseases.
Central Catholic High School students took the tour experiencing the effects of dementia and learned more in depth about what life is like for struggling candidates living with the disease.
Freshman Molly Brown (left) wears over-sized gloves and prepares to add headphones to muffle her sense of hearing. Sophomore Avery Lee (right) attempts to separate and count coins while wearing headphones and sunglasses to distort his senses of sight and sound