Class Offers Insight into Dementia

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


A class in Piedmont offers a chance to experience the struggles of dementia. The class takes place in an apartment that is set up like a typical home. Participants then wear specialized equipment that simulates the symptoms of dementia. Special glasses restrict sight, headphones play white noise, and corn in the shoes make simple tasks much more difficult. Dementia Practitioner and director of the program, Phronsie Owens says the class offers caregivers a way to relate to patients and relatives. Participants must perform five simple tasks while wearing the equipment, but Owens says most people only complete two to three. The class costs 40 dollars per person, and is held at the Piedmont Healthcare Education Building.



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