FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Second Wind Dreams is presenting a virtual dementia tour at the Hampton Park Library on Sept. 14. Participation in the virtual dementia tour is free and patrons should register online for a 20-minute simulation session at goo.gl/ccFhLK.
The virtual dementia tour was developed by Second Wind Dreams founder P.K. Beville, M.S., a specialist in geriatrics, using both established and first-hand research.
The virtual dementia tour gives caregivers an opportunity to walk in someone else’s shoes – to feel what it’s like to lose your vision or depth perception, and how those factors combine with diminished motor skills to make even simple tasks more complicated, said Program Manager Laura Bradley.
Volunteers and staff from Second Wind Dreams will lead participants through hands-on simulations that use glasses, gloves, headphones and slippers or special shoes, Bradley said.
The program simulates the loss of vision acuity, color differentiation, depth perception, motor skills and hearing, as well as presenting new aches and pains with an overall sensation of discomfort.
Patrons can register online or by contacting the library to participate in this free simulation. It takes about 20 minutes to complete a simulation and elder care experts from Second Wind Dreams will be available to answer questions about aging, geriatric health and dementia as participants finish the tour. For more information, or to register, visit forsythpl.org.