Alzheimer’s tour simulate symptoms

(WAVE) When a loved one is facing a disease it’s often hard to fully comprehend what they’re going through. You can sympathize with them, but you don’t really know it’s like to walk in their shoes.

Now one Louisville, Kentucky facility is offering a “virtual dementia tour” that simulates symptoms in the hopes that caregivers and loved ones of people diagnosed with dementia will gain insight and hopefully greater understanding for that person.

First, gloves with kernels are put on hands and some fingers are taped together to mimic what someone with arthritis would feel like. That’s because someone with Alzheimer’s often experiences the other signs of aging as well.

People with Alzheimer’s lose the ability to screen out sounds. Goggles that effect the ability to see and headphones that feed a constant blur of noises are added.

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