Virtual Dementia Tour™ official Queensland launch

Virtual Dementia Tour™ offers new experience for carers and professionals to ‘walk in the shoes’ of someone living with dementia.

Churches of Christ in Queensland is thrilled to officially launch the Virtual Dementia Tour™ (VDT™) in Queensland at their Kenmore Campus on 1 November at 12.00pm.

Special guests

Special guests and presenters will include Professor Nancy Pachana from the University of Queensland, Virtual Dementia Tour Founder PK Beville who will participate via video conference and a video testimonial by John Quin, dementia advocate and a Person living with younger onset dementia.

For many of us, we know someone who is living with dementia. But many of us may not be aware that it is the second leading cause of death in Australia. Watching someone you care for navigate their world with dementia can be heart-wrenching as you try to understand what they are experiencing and how you can help.

Virtual Dementia Tour is scientifically proven

The VDT is scientifically proven to give a person with a healthy brain an experience of what dementia might be like. By understanding dementia from the person’s point of view, we can improve infrastructure and services, reduce challenges and enrich lives.

“To promote more awareness, change peoples’ mind sets, and thereby reduce the stigma of dementia, we need to broaden the lens through which people with dementia are viewed,” said John Quinn, dementia advocate and a person living with younger onset dementia.

“Participating in the Tour not only increases awareness, it also has the capacity to promote greater empathy and sensitivity towards people living with dementia. Ultimately, the VDT has the potential to upskill those who attend and change the policies and practices of those who work in the area of dementia. These changes will translate into enhanced well-being and
better quality of life for those with dementia,” he said.

Churches of Christ in Queensland’s Executive Services Director Bryan Mason said the VDT was a positive step towards creating dementia friendly communities.

“Being able to have carers and health professionals interact with their environment with a short-term dementia filter will go a long way to them better understanding what it is like to experience dementia. Without actually having dementia there isn’t really any other way besides the VDT to feel what a loved one or client experiences,” Mr Mason said.

Nancy Pachana who is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Queensland, agrees. “The Virtual Dementia Tour provides a unique insight into the minds of people living with dementia, taking knowledge of the condition from purely academic, to deeply empathetic. University of Queensland is excited to be working alongside Churches of Christ to complete further research to revolutionise support for people living with dementia.”

Millions of participants have already experienced the VDT, which has been successfully deployed in 20 countries.

United States based Ms Beville said the VDT is a scientifically proven method designed to increase sensitivity toward those with dementia.

“The Tour enables participants to experience for themselves the physical and mental challenges those with dementia face, and use this experience to provide better personcentred care,” Ms Beville said.

“During a Virtual Dementia Tour experience, participants meet with certified trainers who guide them through the tour and outfit them with patented components that alter their senses. Tasks and exercises that are part of the tour enable carers and professionals to experience for themselves the physical and mental challenges facing those with dementia.”

A mobile experience

The VDT is a mobile experience that can be set up by certified trainers in a short amount of time in most locations.

A variety of leaders from Queensland health care providers, universities and peak bodies are invited to attend the launch which will be held in the Kenmore Community Centre, 41 Brookfield Road, Kenmore from 12.00pm. Numbers are limited so please secure your place by Monday 29 October by phoning 1300 970 733 or by texting YES (number of people) to 0427 468 128. Refreshments will be provided on the day.

Information about the Virtual Dementia Tour provided by Churches of Christ Care can be found at cofc.com.au/vdt. Carers and providers can also register their interest in participating in a Virtual Dementia Tour on the website or alternatively email vdt@cofcqld.com.au.

ENDS

Guest information:

  • P.K. Beville founded Second Wind Dreams®, an internationally known non-profit organization created to bring elders to the forefront of our society by enriching their lives and empowering them to age with dignity, hope and joy. Beville has created the internationally acclaimed Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT) which has been experienced by millions of people in 20 countries.
  • Professor Nancy Pachana from the University of Queensland’s School of Psychology. Professor Pachana is Co-Director of the University’s Ageing Mind Initiative and is Co-Chair, Ageing Theme, Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners.

About the Virtual Dementia Tour® and Second Wind Dreams®

The Virtual Dementia Tour® is a scientifically proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia through the use of patented sensory tools and instruction. Created by P.K. Beville, M.S., an award-winning geriatric specialist and founder of SecondWind Dreams®, proceeds from the sale of Virtual Dementia Tour editions support the work of Second Wind Dreams®, an international, non-profit organisation recognised as the first in the United States committed to changing the perception of ageing through the fulfilment of dreams for elders. For more information about Second Wind Dreams® and the Virtual Dementia Tour® visit secondwind.org or Facebook.com/SecondWindDreams.

Posted October 25, 2018 in Media releases