Imagine seeing a telephone, but not knowing how to use it. Imagine watching a television show and thinking the people were in the room with you.

Imagine if you could step into the shoes of someone living with dementia.

Through the ongoing support of our generous donors, Alzheimer’s Australia Vic has created award-winning technology that is transforming dementia care by enabling carers and health professionals to do just that – step into the shoes of someone living with dementia.

The Virtual Dementia Experience™ takes participants through a multi-sensory simulation using light, sound, colour and visual content, immersing you into the world of dementia and allowing you to experience what it is like to be in the shoes of someone living with dementia.

People with dementia have described it as every moment of their day being a conscious effort as they become unable to hold onto new information, become slower in speech, less able to make
quick decisions or become readily confused.

“I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to take part in the virtual experience. I had an 8 hour shift at a nursing home the next day and I was able to use the information I learnt several times, in different ways. It was such an incredible feeling!” Virtual Dementia Experience™ Participant

Carers in every corner of Victoria have access to this life-changing experience through a new mobile version of this technology using virtual reality goggles, which takes the Virtual
Dementia Experience™ on the road. And now we need your help to ensure that carers across the country have the same opportunity.

We have made this technology possible and it is our dream for every carer in Australia to be able to step into the shoes of someone living with dementia.

Alzheimer's Australia Vic

The vision of Alzheimer's Australia Vic is a society committed to the prevention of dementia while valuing and supporting people living with dementia.

Our role includes policy and advocacy, community education and facilitating dementia research. Our services include: information provision, library, website and publications, educational courses and workshops; and support - advice, guidance and counselling programs.

www.vic.fightdementia.org.au
National Dementia Helpline: 1800 100 500

The latest statistics show that there are currently over 413,000 Australians living with dementia. This is set to rise to over 1,100,000 by 2056. Imagine the difference that could be made if every carer in Australia could step into their shoes. Imagine the impact if carers had a greater understanding of what it is like to live with dementia.


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