MIDDLETOWN – The Hudson Valley Chapter Alzheimer's Association will offer "virtual visits to dementia" in Orange County.
The tour is a practical simulation of what it is like to live with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia to help caregivers and others identify and address the needs of their loved ones. Appointments are required for the 25 minute sessions.
The tour will be offered from 10 a.m. at 3 p.m. Friday, December 8 at Braemar at Wallkill, 21 Riverside Drive, Middletown.
People who have gone through the simulation found a revealing experience.
"I am just as terrified and surprised at what is happening to people with dementia that we can not see," said a woman in her 50s. "This completely changed my view of what is happening, my father has some signs of dementia and I wish my mother would experience something like this to help her."
"I immediately remembered how the world should feel before my son, who has a sensory processing disorder." said a mother of about 40 years. "I know it was not the goal of the activity, but now I feel I can understand it much better, and maybe even be more aware than before what could hurt him."
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in the care, support and research of Alzheimer's. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research, provide and improve care and support for all those affected and reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. His vision is a world without Alzheimer's. Visit www.alz.org/hudsonvalley or call 800.272.3900. This program is supported in part by a grant from the New York State Department of Health.
For more information or to confirm your assistance, call the Alzheimer's Association at 800-272-3900.
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