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Posted on: October 21, 2019

Experience dementia using virtual reality at Washington County Libraries, next program Nov. 14

Washington County Library, in partnership with FamilyMeans and ACT on Alzheimer’s, is hosting six opportunities in November for community members to experience dementia using virtual reality.

The next program will be 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, Valley Library: 380 St. Croix Trail S., Lakeland.

FamilyMeans staff will guide people through VR experiences individually and in group settings to highlight important insights and help participants reflect on what they see and learn. Participants will also have the opportunity to preview the Library’s new Memory Minder activity kits, which contain resources and activities designed to spark memories, create conversation, and provide positive interactions with individuals experiencing memory loss.

This virtual reality (VR) experience is an immersive learning tool that helps users view the world through the perspective of a person living with dementia. Dementia can be Alzheimer’s or another disease that results in symptoms of cognitive decline, such as changes in thinking, remembering, reasoning, perception, and language. VR is a way for caregivers, and others, to connect with what’s really happening, understand more fully, build empathy, and learn skills to help future interactions.

Jenny West, Caregiving and Aging Community Educator at FamilyMeans, said, “ We believe that the virtual reality education module will bring more awareness around a dementia diagnosis and hope to build more empathy in our communities to support caregivers and those living with a dementia diagnosis.”

No registration is required. More information is at LivingHealthyWC.gov/HealthyAging

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