Dayton Daily News

Virtual Dementia Tour


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”

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.”

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