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?
Every 67 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. Today there are approximately 220,000 Illinois Seniors living with Alzheimer’s. Sadly, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are the sixth leading cause of death in Illinois. 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 Dementia Live™ Experience.
While we can never experience what it is like to live with dementia, the AGEucate Training Institute® has developed the Dementia Live™ Experience. This high impact experience takes participants on an immersive journey into the life of someone living with dementia.
Participants will be guided through the Dementia Live training program along the way gaining a better understanding of the daily struggles those living with dementia face. By experiencing the sensory changes and cognitive impairment develop a deeper understanding and heightened empathy for those living with dementia. This awareness helps build new bridges of communication leading to better communication and enhanced person-centered care.
Dementia's Impact on Families
The burden dementia places on families is unimaginable. In 2015, 590,000 Illinois Caregivers provided over 671 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.
Dementia Live Trainings
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.