National Association of Social Workers member Mary Crowe, MSW, leads the Virtual Dementia Tour, which teaches staff at facilities serving the elderly what life is like for a person with the disorder.
According to this Boston Globe article, participants wear goggles with a yellow haze and black dots that obscure vision, headphones that transmit jarring noises and gloves with nubs and fingers taped together that demonstrate a loss of motor skills.
An observer is in the room but participants are not allowed to ask questions because people with dementia may ask a lot of questions but are often ignored.
Experts said such training is needed because America’s population is aging and more people will experience dementia. “Hospice has a passion for helping dementia patients because so many people we are now working with have dementia,” Crowe said.
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