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Virtual Dementia Tour imageOn Sept. 14, Second Wind Dreams, WSB-TV’s Family 2 Family project, Georgia Public Library Service and five metro Atlanta libraries are hosting a day of special events at five metro-Atlanta libraries. These will honor Second Wind Dreams’ 20th anniversary of outreach dedicated to the elder population and to improved education for Georgians who provide care for seniors.

One of the core methods used by Second Wind Dreams to help families and professional caregivers is the Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT). The VDT is a program that allows participants to be outfitted with devices that alter the senses in ways that simulate what it is like to have dementia and to experience the difficulties its symptoms cause while attempting to complete common everyday tasks. The organization’s hope is that, at the end this small period of augmented perception, participants will leave with a greater empathy for the realities of daily life faced by those who suffer with dementia.

The VDT was developed by Second Wind Dreams founder P.K. Beville, M.S., a specialist in geriatrics, using established as well as first-hand research. “Empathy doesn’t come naturally unless there is a basic understanding of what another person’s life is like,” said Beville in her Second Wind blog. “But what happens when you are unable to find a connection with another person needs your help? Worse yet, what if that person is unable to articulate their experience? The Virtual Dementia Tour was created to help gain that understanding.”

The VDT will be offered on September 14th at the following times and locations. To sign up for the tour, please use the link next to your preferred day and time.

Walk-ins are welcome, but space is limited. With individual starting times at 10-minute intervals, only 12 slots will be available at each location.

Central Library, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library: 10:00 AM–12:00 PM https://goo.gl/nc6443
Switzer Library, Cobb County Public Library System: 10:00 AM–12:00 PM https://goo.gl/TFVDXF
Suwanee Branch Library, Gwinnett County Public Library: 10:00 AM–12:00 PM https://goo.gl/11abxy
Decatur Library, Dekalb County Public Library: 3:00 PM–5:00 PM https://goo.gl/EtjUVQ
Hampton Park Library,  Forsyth County Public Library: 3:00 PM–5:00 PM https://goo.gl/ZQ4qQH