ROMEOVILLE, IL (October 31, 2013) -- In response to recognizing November as National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, Senior Star at Weber Place is joining Second Wind Dreams® in conducting the Virtual Dementia Tour® (VDT®) on November 7 at 605 South Edward Drive in Romeoville. The VDT® is registered through its creator Second Wind Dreams,® a not-for-profit organization that developed the product and created a train the trainer program.
Senior Star is inviting all community members to their site to experience a powerful tool that provides the opportunity to gain meaningful and significant insight into the world of a person with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. VDT® is family friendly and will encourage important conversations about how there is a collective ability to change the approach in caring for those with dementia.
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The 15 minute VDT® program uses tools and activities to depict what it is like for someone living with Alzheimer's disease. Participants will be asked to perform tasks in an altered state whereby the VDT® artificially impairs the senses affecting the ability to interpret the environment. Participants reacting to the impaired sensory input lead to behaviors such as wandering, talking to oneself and not following instructions, behaviors often seen in dementia. VDT® is able to illustrate that these behaviors are human behaviors and not specific to dementia. Suddenly the behaviors, and the individuals with dementia, don't seem so different from others, or quite so hard to understand.
"We encourage people to join us on this important day," said Michelle Franzak, executive director of Senior Star at Weber Place. "Education is vital to the care process and goes a long way in helping family, friends and caregivers gain empathy for those suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia. We are honored to play a part in offering this life changing educational experience for anyone who is interesting in learning more about the behaviors of those living with Alzheimer's, so please join us on November 7."
Space is limited. To register for the VDT®, please call 815-439-2033 on or before November 6.
About Senior Star at Weber Place:
Senior Star at Weber Place, a Senior Star community, features 346 modernly decorated apartments spanning across 29 acres of beautifully landscaped property with many customized amenities to offer its residents in three distinctive living experiences: independent living, assisted living and memory care. For more information visit www.seniorstar.com.