Simulating Alzheimer’s To Raise Awareness

Simulating Alzheimer’s To Raise Awareness

In order to better understand the challenges our Spring Arbor residents with Alzheimer’s and other dementia experience, our care givers go through this specialized assisted living training. By participating in this groundbreaking program, our team members have various senses artificially impaired and then try to accomplish simple daily activities. The result is an understanding, on a deep and meaningful level, of the difficulty many residents experience every day.

The inventive tool consists of special eye wear
Alzheimers to simulate impaired vision, obstructions in the ability to touch, feel and manipulate objects, and obscured hearing to simulate the many barriers certain residents face each day. The insights gained from this training equip our Spring Arbor team members to care for our residents with all of the dignity and respect they deserve. This also allows them to understand better ways to communicate with residents and to assist with the activities of daily living.

This groundbreaking tool isn’t just for caregivers, but also serves a valuable purpose to the community by raising awareness of the daily struggles that individuals with Alzheimer’s grapple with daily.  One such example cam recently from our Spring Arbor community in Kinston, NC.  Local high school students gathered at Spring Arbor of Kinston to experience the simulation. They learned a great deal and to read more about what the Lenoir High school students experienced, read the following article.

To learn more about Alzheimer’s please visit the Alzheimer’s Association website at ALZ.org. For more information about how our pioneering training techniques can help your loved ones, please visit our website or your local Spring Arbor community.