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Virtual Dementia Tour

Virtual Dementia Tour

 

Annapolis, MD (April 2, 2015) – To help family caregivers understand the physical and mental challenges of those with dementia, the National Family Caregiver Support Program at the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities has scheduled two free Virtual Dementia Tour® education workshops for family caregivers. The first workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 29th, 6:00-8:00 pm, at the Arnold Senior Activity Center, 44 Church Road, Arnold. The second workshop will be held on Wednesday, June 3rd, 6:00-8:00 pm, at the Pascal Senior Activity Center, 125 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie.

 

The Virtual Dementia Tour® (VDT) is a scientifically proven method designed to build sensitivity and awareness in individuals caring for those with dementia. It is a dementia simulation tool created to assist anyone in understanding the condition.

 

There are approximately 35 million Americans age 65 and older, and more than 5.4 million suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia is the overriding diagnosis for cognitive impairments – the largest category under dementia is Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Comments from those who have taken the tour include the following:
 

“No training is anything like it. It truly allowed us to walk in someone else’s shoes. I benefitted from the experience and know it will impact how I respond to those with dementia.”
 

“Wow! What a great learning tool! If I had dementia, I would want to be around people who not only understand it, but who care enough to protect me from harm’s way.”
 

“Thank you for the opportunity to experience the obstacles confronting a person with dementia. (It was) so much different than reading about it or even observing it firsthand.”

           

The VDT® will be facilitated by Mary Chaput and Jennifer Sloan of the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities. To register, call 410-222-4464, Ext. 3043. Space is limited.

 

Anyone needing special accommodations must contact Mary Chaput at  410-222-4464 ext. 3045, or by e-mail at [email protected] at least seven days in advance of the event.  TTY users, please call via Maryland Relay 7-1-1.  All materials are available in an alternative format upon request.

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