Caregivers offered greater insight into dementia

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BENNINGTON — Bennington Project Independence is offering family caregivers and others a greater insight into life with dementia or cognitive impairment, through the Second Wind Dreams Virtual Dementia Tour. Through the tour, trained facilitators guide participants outfitted with patented devices that alter their senses while they try to complete common everyday tasks and exercises.

This opportunity for caregivers and other interested people in the community to experience the tour free of charge has been made possible by a grant from the National Caregiver Support Initiative through the Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging. The first of many tours will begin on June 13 at the Dr. Richard A. Sleeman Center on Harwood Hill.

The tour enables caregivers to experience for themselves the physical and mental challenges those with dementia face, and use the experience to provide better person-centered care.

Every 67 seconds someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. It is estimated that 5 million Americans are currently living with dementia. Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Currently there is no cure. The Second Wind Dreams Virtual Dementia Tour was designed to increase sensitivity toward individuals living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and positively change the perception of aging.

All of the Staff of Bennington Project Independence have had the opportunity to participate in the Virtual Dementia Tour. It is part of BPI's commitment to providing truly person-sensitive care.

To register for the tour or for more information about Adult Day Services, please contact Bennington Project Independence at 802-442-8136.

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