The UNB Saint John department of nursing and health sciences has recently purchased new equipment that will be added to the growing inventory of simulation equipment for the nursing program. Part of this new equipment includes the Virtual Dementia Tour® (VDT®) which is a sensitivity program designed to help simulate what it is like to live with dementia.
“With the changing demographics, it is critical that future nurses are prepared to care for the growing number of older adults they will interact with throughout their careers,” says Dr. Rose McCloskey.
“The goal of our simulation activity is to help students understand dementia from the patients perspective so they can integrate the theory they learn about dementia in the classroom setting with an experience on what it is like to live with dementia,” said McCloskey. “This will not only help students in their interactions with people who live with dementia, but it will help them to work with families and other members of the health care team who live and care for people with dementia on a daily basis.”
The Virtual Dementia Tour® (VDT®) was held for faculty today at UNB Saint John. It is a scientifically proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia through the use of patented sensory tools and instruction. This method was created by award-winning, geriatric specialist and Founder of Second Wind Dreams, P.K. Beville M.S. The tour builds sensitivity and awareness in individuals caring for those with dementia by temporarily altering participants’ physical and sensory abilities with props and circumstances to simulate changes associated with physical as well as cognitive impairments of aging. Proceeds from the sale of Virtual Dementia Tour support the work of Second Wind Dreams.
The University of New Brunswick (UNB) is one of Canada’s oldest English-language universities and one of the first public universities established in North America. Founded in 1785, the multi-campus institution is home to over 60 research centres and institutes, groups and ongoing projects. The university offers over 75 undergraduate and graduate programs in 100 disciplines. UNB has over 10,500 students from more than 100 countries, and several thousand more take UNB courses online and at partner institutions around the world. Recently named Canada’s most entrepreneurial university, UNB continues to be a leader in discovery and innovation while providing exceptional and transformative student experiences.
About Second Wind Dreams
Second Wind Dreams is an international, nonprofit organization founded in 1997. This organization is changing the perception of aging through the fulfillment of dreams for elders and educational programs including its flagship program, The Virtual Dementia Tour®. The Atlanta-based organization has fulfilled more than 10,000 dreams with help from its sponsors: Senior Helpers, Caesars Foundation, Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and UK-based Training 2 Care.
For more information about Second Wind Dreams, www.secondwind.org