Thrive Alliance Is Bringing the Virtual Dementia Tour® to Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson and Jennings Counties to Increase the Understanding of, and Sensitivity to Dementia, including Alzheimer’s Disease.

The patented and scientifically proven experiential program from Second Wind Dreams® has been experienced by more than three million people in 20 countries

Columbus, IN – Anyone interested in gaining a greater understanding of the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias on those living with the disease is invited to participate in a sensitivity training session offered by Thrive Alliance (Area 11 Agency on Aging.)

The session will feature the internationally known and time-tested Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT), an evidence-based program simulating changes associated with cognitive decline. The VDT builds sensitivity and awareness in individuals caring for those with dementia by temporarily altering participants’ physical and sensory abilities. It builds a greater understanding of dementia through experiential learning and post-tour instruction.

Tours last approximately 30 minutes and can be arranged by contact Sue Lamborn with Thrive Alliance at 812.372.6918.

The Virtual Dementia Tour helps people caring for those with dementia provide better care and offers hope to caregivers and provides tips and tools necessary to create an environment that supports the needs of those with the disease.

More than three million people from elder care communities, corporations, houses of worship, community groups, and nonprofit organizations — including caregivers, first responders, healthcare providers, and municipal employees — have experienced the Virtual Dementia Tour.

“So many of them have found the experience to be eye-opening, moving, and life-changing,” stated PK Beville, M.S., the creator of the Virtual Dementia Tour, and founder of Second Wind Dreams. “We’re proud to be part of the movement toward providing true person-centered care to some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The insight provided by the VDT changes the way caregivers interact and relate to those living with dementia… and the bottom line is better care and better outcomes.”

 

About Second Wind Dreams

Second Wind Dreams® is an internationally-known nonprofit organization changing the perception of aging through the fulfillment of dreams and by offering educational programs that help caregivers understand the physical and mental challenges facing those with dementia. Founded in 1997 by award-winning geriatric specialist PK Beville, M.S., the Atlanta-based organization is recognized as the first in the nation to focus on enhancing the quality of life for elders and changing society’s perception of seniors by making dreams come true. Affiliated with thousands of elder care communities across the country, Second Wind Dreams has made tens of thousands of dreams come true for older adults. Its innovative educational program, the Virtual Dementia Tour, is a scientifically proven method of training designed to build sensitivity and awareness in individuals caring for those with dementia.

For more information on Second Wind Dreams or the Virtual Dementia Tour, please contact Melora Jackson, Director of Clinical Services, 470-242-0358 or [email protected].
10892 Crabapple Rd., Suite 300; Roswell, GA 30075
678-624-0500    www.secondwind.org

About Thrive Alliance

Guided by the vision that everyone has the opportunity to live a secure, engaged and independent life, our mission at Thrive Alliance is to improve the quality of life and health for people at risk of losing their independence.

We help people get the right information, resources and support needed to live as independently as possible.  Our network of programs focuses on issues related to affordable housing, caregiver support and services, nutrition and wellness programs, transportation and accessibility services, as well as fostering community-wide support for aging related issues. We serve as Indiana’s Agency on Aging for Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson and Jennings counties.

 

Thrive Alliance
1531 13th St.
Columbus, IN 47201
www.thrive-alliance.org