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Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2002 May-Jun;17(3):183-90.

Virtual Dementia Tour helps sensitize health care providers.

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Second Wind Dreams, Alpharetta, Georgia, USA.

Abstract

A review of the literature on sensitivity training among caregivers for the elderly revealed that no programs focused specifically on the cognitive changes that occur due to aging. Second Wind Dreams, a national nonprofit organization committed to improving society's perception of aging, conducted a study in which degenerative physical symptoms common for this population, such as impaired vision and motor skills, were simulated in a group of 146 subjects who worked in the field of elder care to give them a broader sense of the patient's perspective. Overwhelmingly, participants in the study came away with heightened awareness of the plight of confused elders and a strong sense that the high behavioral expectations caregivers have for dementia patients are unrealistic and need to change.

PMID:
12083349
DOI:
10.1177/153331750201700301
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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