A walk with dementia, by alzheimer's research uk
Developed by Alzheimer’s Research UK and virtual reality specialists VISYON, with the help of people living with dementia, A Walk Through Dementia is an innovative, free and unique perspective on a condition that affects 850,000 people in the UK.
Hilary Evans, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, said:
“Dementia is commonly misunderstood, so A Walk Through Dementia is designed to offer a clearer picture of the challenges that people living with the condition face in everyday life. The experience gives a poignant insight into the emotional impact of symptoms, an element that people with dementia told us was important to achieve. Although each person with dementia experiences the condition differently, and it would be hard to recreate the full range of complex symptoms, harnessing new technology like virtual reality helps us engage people with the impact of dementia on a new level.”
The experience uses a combination of computer generated environments and 360 degree video sequences to illustrate in powerful detail how even the most everyday task of making a cup of tea can become a challenge for someone with dementia.
Unfolding over three scenarios, the user is tasked with buying ingredients, taking them home and making a cup of tea for their family. A supermarket environment reveals difficulties at the checkout, counting money, reading the shopping list, busy environments and finding items. A second street sequence illustrates problems people with dementia may face with navigation, visual-spatial problems and disorientation. Finally, back at home, making tea for visiting family presents challenges around memorising instructions, visual symptoms and coordination problems.
KAREINN MANAGED & FACILITATED SESSION
To help your carers take advantage of this unique experience, we are bringing the show on the road to you. Throughout January we will be travelling to care homes across the UK, bringing with us an armful of smart phones and virtual reality headsets, as well as plenty of New Year cheer. What's more, we will partner with care home managers to deliver the experience at a time and setting that suits you, complementing your in-house activities.
SOUNDS GREAT! WHAT'S THE CATCH?
There is no catch. We are dedicated to improving care, and making both carers and residents lives easier. We hope that in doing our small part to pay it forward the Care Sector will benefit.
EXTRA INGREDIENTS REQUIRED FROM YOU:
A group of carers *
20 - 30 minutes of your carers time to attend
Provide a small space for us to congregate
* key ingredient