"The solution to Alzheimer's disease today and in the foreseeable future is in developing a better and more personal understanding of the day-to-day challenges facing those with the disease. The Virtual Dementia Tour® program is a tool that makes that understanding possible." ~ P.K. Beville
By Bob DeMarco
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I first experienced the Virtual Dementia Tour in 2009. I still remember my immediate reaction after taking the tour -- you can better understand how a person living with dementia might be thinking and feeling.
The VDT is a real empathy builder.
Building empathy with a person living with Alzheimer's is extremely difficult even if you have known them all or most of your life.
In fact, in my opinion buidling empathy is one of the most difficult challenges faced by most Alzheimer's caregivers. Change does not come easily to most of us; and, when Alzheimer's strikes it often cancels out much of the existing empathy that was already in place.
The VDT in my opinion is an essential training tool for those who are, or are intending, to care professionally for persons living with dementia.
I am not sure how many of the geriatric care managers that read on this site are certified to train using the Virtual Dementia Tour. I know that Carole Larkin is one.
If you are certified to train you can put your name, company name, city and state in the comments box below this article.
I never endorse any product or service before I use it, or before I can perform the necessary due diligence to make sure it deserves an endorsement.
I can endorse the Virtual Dementia Tour, and I have. Same for +P. K. Beville.
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Scientifically Proven Sensitivity Program Provides Users with Immersive Experience to Gain Understanding of Alzheimer's Disease
Virtual Dementia Tour® Program Experienced by 500,000 people in 17 countries
The United States Patent & Trademark Office has granted U.S. Patent No. 8,388,347 to P.K. Beville , founder and CEO of Atlanta-based Second Wind Dreams, for her Alzheimer's disease and related dementias sensitivity training program known as the Virtual Dementia Tour®.
Experienced by more than 500,000 in 17 countries since its creation, the Virtual Dementia Tour® program is a scientifically proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia through the use of patented sensory tools and instruction.
According to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, award-winning geriatric specialist Beville's "Systems and Methods for Simulating Effects of Age-Related Cognitive or Physical Decline" provides "a system for allowing a user to experience a simulation of an age-related medical condition." U.S. Patent No. 8,388,347 relates to certain components, elements and functions of the Virtual Dementia Tour® experience.
Thanks to the Virtual Dementia Tour® program, health care professionals, family caregivers, business leaders, consumer advocates, first responders and educators are able to experience for themselves the physical and mental challenges facing the 5.3 million Americans who suffer from Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. In June 2013, it will be introduced to the people of the United Kingdom and a member of Parliament will experience the VDT.
"The solution to Alzheimer's disease today and in the foreseeable future is in developing a better and more personal understanding of the day-to-day challenges facing those with the disease," said P.K. Beville , M.S., founder and CEO of Second Wind Dreams. "The Virtual Dementia Tour® program is the tool that makes that understanding possible."
"America is asleep at the switch waiting for that magic cure for Alzheimer's disease that is still decades away," stated Beville. "We need to take stock of the here and now and develop a deeper understanding of the minds of those with the disease.
The Virtual Dementia Tour® program truly sets the standard for creating greater awareness of Alzheimer's and sensitivity for those with dementia."
Proceeds from the sale of Virtual Dementia Tour® program go to support Second Wind Dreams, the international nonprofit organization recognized as the first in the nation to be committed to changing the perception of aging through the fulfillment of dreams for elders.
Beville was assisted in the patent application process by the Atlanta office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP. For more information visit www.kilpatricktownsend.com.
About Second Wind Dreams
Second Wind Dreams is an international, nonprofit organization committed to changing the perception of aging through the fulfillment of dreams and educational programs that help caregivers understand the physical and mental challenges facing those with dementia. Founded in 1997 by award-winning geriatric specialist P.K. Beville , M.S., the Atlanta-based organization is recognized as the first in the nation to focus on enhancing the quality of life for elders and changing society's perception of seniors by making dreams come true. Affiliated with more than 500 elder care communities across the country, Second Wind Dreams has made thousands of dreams come true for seniors living in the United States, Canada, India, Israel and other countries around the world.
Its innovative educational program, known as the Virtual Dementia Tour®, is a scientifically proven method of training designed to build sensitivity and awareness in individuals caring for those with dementia. For more information about Second Wind Dreams visit www.secondwind.org, www.Facebook.com/SecondWindDreams or follow @SecondWindDream on Twitter.
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