Alzheimer's Alliance of Smith County to host 'virtual dementia tour'

Published on Thursday, 14 April 2016 10:52 - Written by CORY MCCOY, comccoy@tylerpaper.com

On Saturday, East Texans will have the opportunity to experience a bit of what life is like for Alzheimer’s patients.

The Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County will host a virtual dementia tour at 9 a.m. at Meadow Lake Senior Living, 16044 County Road 165.

The tour was designed by geriatric specialist P.K. Breville in 1997 as an experiential tool for medical professionals, families and caregivers. Kathleen Wilson, MSN, RN, will lead the tour and help attendees understand the day-to-day challenges for people with dementia.

Participants will be outfitted with clothing and accessories designed to simulate the sensory and mobility of a person with dementia. They will then attempt to perform simple tasks such as folding clothes, setting a table or counting change.

“I went through the tour myself after my mother was diagnosed,” said Wilson, who then became a certified tour facilitator. “I was in tears because I finally understood her experience, and it made it simpler for me to communicate and connect with her. I want others to see how they can help their loved ones, and I make it available to student nurses throughout East Texas so they can better care for their patients.”

For more information, call 903-509-8323.

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