The Dementia Live Experience
There is an old saying that you can never really understand someone unless you've walked a mile in their shoes. You'll see how true this is when experiencing just a small part of the life of someone with dementia.
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.
Gaining a Better Understanding of Dementia
While we can never experience what it is like to live with dementia, the AGEucate Training Institute® developed the Dementia Live™ Experience. This high impact experience takes participants on an immersive journey into the life of someone living with dementia.
With the Dementia Live Experience™, 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 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.