What’s it like to have dementia or Alzheimer’s? AAMC hosts Virtual Dementia Tour

What’s it like to have dementia or Alzheimer’s? AAMC hosts Virtual Dementia Tour

Participants of the tour, from left to right: Anne Arundel County Police Officer Zach Devers, Betsey Morrison, Anne Arundel County Police Officers David Rovell and Matt Gibbons.

Participants of the tour, from left to right: Anne Arundel County Police Officer Zach Devers, Betsey Morrison, Anne Arundel County Police Officers David Rovell and Matt Gibbons.

On November 6, more than 30 people attended a unique learning experience, the Virtual Dementia Tour®. Participants included auxiliary, police officers, fire fighters, nurses, families, and caregivers.

The Virtual Dementia Tour is an interactive learning experience designed to help those caring for people with dementia to have a better understanding of their behaviors and improve communication and care. Participants’ senses were impaired to allow them to experience what it’s like to have dementia or Alzheimer’s, including:

  • Loss of hearing and increased confusion
  • Loss of central and peripheral vision
  • Loss of sensory nerves and fine motor skills
  • Onset of arthritis and neuropathy

The tour was made possible as a part of the Grace Hilliard Memory Care Program at Anne Arundel Medical Center, created through a generous gift made by Betsey Morrison and Jeff Morrison.

The sessions were conducted by Mary Fridley, a Registered Nurse who is certified in Gerontology and has over 25 years of experience in Geriatric Nursing.

The Grace Hilliard Memory Care Program’s sponsorship of the Virtual Dementia Tour will return to AAMC in February 2015.

If you are interested in learning more, contact Danette Readling, RN Clinical Educator for the Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Unit at 443-481-3379 or dreadling@aahs.org. -Danette Reading, RN

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