Virtual Dementia Tour at CCRI to show participants effects of condition

NEWPORT – The Community College of Rhode Island will offer a free Second Wind Dreams Virtual Dementia Tour at its Newport campus from 3 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 24.

The tour will use virtual-reality technology and tools such as glasses, gloves and headphones to alter the senses in a way that offers a glimpse of what is it like to have the cognitive and physical limitations of dementia.

Participants such as licensed caregivers and family members can use the technology to develop a better understanding of what those with dementia go through in terms of trying to follow instructions and complete basic tasks.

The tour is being offered with support from the R.I. Executive Office of Health and Human Services’ Healthcare Workforce Transformation Project. According to CCRI, it is the only college to offer the Virtual Dementia Tour, which was created by author and gerontology specialist P.K. Beville.

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Tour participants 18 and older can register online.

Susan Shalhoub is a PBN contributing writer.

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