Vir­tual De­men­tia Tour

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An es­ti­mated five mil­lion Amer­i­cans are liv­ing with some form of de­men­tia. Ot­ter­bein Se­niorLife, lo­cated at 580 N. State Route 741, has part­nered with Sec­ond Wind Dreams to take a bold step in en­rich­ing the lives of older adults with de­men­tia, by in­tro­duc­ing a pro­gram to its part­ners that trains them to have a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of what life with De­men­tia is like. The Sec­ond Wind Dreams pro­gram builds sen­si­tiv­ity and aware­ness in in­di­vid­u­als car­ing for those liv­ing with de­men­tia. Ot­ter­bein part­ners in all de­part­ments will ex­pe­ri­ence this train­ing and Ot­ter­bein hopes in the fu­ture to of­fer the train­ing to fam­ily mem­bers.

“The Vir­tual De­men­tia Tour is a sci­en­tif­i­cally proven method of build­ing a greater un­der­stand­ing of de­men­tia through the use of patented sen­sory tools and in­struc­tion. The VDT was cre­ated by P.K. Beville, PhD, an award-win­ning geri­atric psy­chol­o­gist, de­men­tia ex­pert and founder of Sec­ond Wind Dreams, Inc. Pro­ceeds from the sale of Vir­tual De­men­tia Tour sup­port the work of Sec­ond Wind Dreams, an in­ter­na­tional, non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion rec­og­nized as the first in the na­tion com­mit­ted to chang­ing the per­cep­tion of ag­ing through the ful­fill­ment of dreams for el­ders and of­fer­ing of in­no­va­tive ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties to care­givers, fam­i­lies, and com­mu­ni­ties. For more in­for­ma­tion about the Sec­ond Wind Dreams and Vir­tual De­men­tia Tour, please visit sec­ond­wind.org.”

Ot­ter­bein So­cial Worker Terri Wol­ge­mot-Couch says, “The sen­si­tiv­ity that stems from this ex­pe­ri­ence helps our part­ners in­cor­po­rate an aware­ness into their daily ser­vice that sets us apart from other se­nior liv­ing com­mu­ni­ties. It is an­other way we strengthen our mis­sion by en­hanc­ing the qual­ity of life and holis­tic growth of older per­sons.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit Ot­ter­bein.org. CON­TRIB­UTED

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