The Mobile Virtual Dementia Tour is a thoughtful and eye-opening public initiative, introduced by UK-based care training provider Training2Care, that is traveling around the country to help people experience the difficulty and horror of dementia.
The inside of the truck is designed to look like a person's home. Once you enter, you wear a pair of dark glasses that blur your vision and simulate macular degeneration. You are also made to wear headphones that reproduce the sounds that people suffering from dementia hear -- random chaotic sounds, voices and noise. You are also made to gloves that reduce your sense of touch, and spiky shoe insoles that simulate stepping on needles.
The Mobile Virtual Dementia Tour conveying the difficulties of living with dementia in an experiential manner, because it's a condition that is difficult to describe. Ultimately, the goal is to raise awareness of dementia and promote increased compassion towards dementia sufferers.
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