Experience Symptoms of Dementia at Nov. 16 Simulation

By Amy Widner

“The Alzheimer’s/Dementia Experience: Take a Walk in Their Shoes” will be held 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Oaklawn Center on Aging’s Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program at 101 McGowan Court. For more information, please call 501-276-0946, or visit www.uamscaregiving.org/hotsprings.

The demonstration will simulate symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, including loss of hearing, vision, sensory nerves, fine motor skills and onset of arthritis and neuropathy.

The goal is to increase awareness of the physical challenges and sensory disorders common in people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia so that caregivers and health care providers can become more empathetic. This will enable them to provide care and living arrangements that are more sensitive and suitable for these individuals.

This event is sponsored by the Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative at UAMS, part of the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. The program improves the quality of care for older adults through education by offering programs for health professionals, first responders, family caregivers and direct care workers.

 


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