ABC Primetime and ABC NIGHTLINE to feature the Virtual Dementia Tour
Tuesday, June 30, 2009, Primetime @ 10:00 PM and Nightline @ 11:30 PM EDT
Who: There are approximately 35 million Americans age 65 and older and more than 4.5 million suffer from Dementia. The increasing numbers of elders with Dementia could create the largest crisis in the history of healthcare.
Seven out of 10 Alzheimer’s patients live at home where family and friends provide 75 percent of the care, yet studies show that these caregivers are not formally trained to provide the support needed for those living with dementia.
What: A scientifically proven method designed to build sensitivity and awareness in individuals caring for those with Dementia is now available. The Virtual Dementia Tour™, available in both Group and Family Editions, http://secondwind.org/virtualdementiatour.html, is a Dementia simulation tool kit created for anyone seeking to understand the physical and mental challenges of those with Dementia. This unique, interactive product has been proven to improve communication and care. In fact, the VDT-Group Edition has been experienced by more than 10,000 care givers, changing countless lives.
“Working with Cynthia McFadden, who co-anchors Primetime, and witnessing her emotional reaction to the Virtual Dementia Tour was the experience of a lifetime for me,” said P. K. Beville, creator of the Virtual Dementia Tour. “This dementia simulation program, which is being used by Alzheimer’s caregiver groups all over the country, can be a tremendous help to so many families impacted by this dreaded disease.”
Why: Learning to create a positive environment for those with Dementia can only come from attempting to walk in their shoes. Created by P.K. Beville, a specialist in Geriatrics, this valuable, easy to follow experiential kit is designed for individual and family use, both to identify with and understand your loved one’s behaviors and needs. The Virtual Dementia Tour is distributed by Second Wind Dreams® www.secondwind.org located in Atlanta, Georgia. Revenue from the sale of the VDT helps fulfill dreams for residents of nursing home and assisted living facilities.
How: The purpose of the Virtual Dementia Tour™ is to help family and professional caregivers better identify with the dementia patient’s day-to-day struggles, thereby improving their ability to provide care. The VDT offers hope to caregivers, providing tips and tools necessary to create an environment that supports the disease and lessens confusion.
Contact: Bob DeBusk, Executive Director
Second Wind Dreams®, Atlanta, Georgia
E-mail: [email protected]