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The Virtual Dementia Tour was developed in the United States and has been experienced by more than half a million people in 14 countries. The Virtual Dementia Tour® has been used, and widely acclaimed for the past 12 years. It was founded in 1997 by an award-winning geriatric specialist, P.K. Beville.

Those who have gone through the Virtual Dementia Tour® find themselves immediately identifying with their family members. The same is true for professional carers. Once they walk in the shoes of a person with Alzheimer’s disease, they become more patient, more understanding and find themselves looking for solutions that do not include increased medication and expensive inpatient hospitalisation.

So what is the Virtual Dementia Tour®? 

For just a few minutes, during a Virtual Dementia Tour® experience, participants meet with certified trainers who guide them through the Tour and fit them out with patented devices that alter the senses. Tasks and exercise that are part of the Tour to enable carers and professionals to experience for themselves, the physical and mental challenges facing those with dementia. It is a true sensitivity programme, created for anyone seeking to understand the physical and mental challenges of those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. In short, it is a total immersion which allows you to feel and understand what the person with dementia is feeling.

The major benefit of the Virtual Dementia Tour® is that it gives you a window into the world of those suffering from dementia. It truly is an unusual, emotional and very thought-provoking experience. It's impossible to know exactly what it feels like to have Alzheimer's, but the Virtual Dementia Tour brings people closer to what it is like to have dementia than any other system in existence. Up until now, Dementia training was all knowledge-based but now an effective practise session can be included to give an insight into what it might be like to suffer from Dementia.