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Experience a look inside life with dementia

Hospital news | Monday, March 18, 2019

Prairie du Chien – According to the World Health Organization, the total number of new cases of dementia each year worldwide is nearly 7.7 million, implying one new case every four seconds. ADRC of Eagle Country Prairie du Chien, Crossing Rivers Health, AGE-u-cate® Training Institute and DementiaLive® are collaborating to offer a free innovative program where community members can experience the challenges of living with dementia. DementiaLive® is a high impact, dementia simulation experience that immerses participants into life with dementia, resulting in a deeper understanding of what it’s like to live with cognitive impairment and sensory change.

The event will take place at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien on Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26. Each day, there will be five different sessions where participants will have the opportunity to participate in a real-life simulation of dementia using specialized gear in a safe, experiential setting.

“As the population of people living with dementia rapidly expands, providers must learn new ways to understand, and respond to, the needs of these individuals,” explained Roby Fuller, Director of ADRC of Eagle County Prairie du Chien. “DementiaLive® provides caregivers with a first-hand understanding of what dementia is and the constant struggle affecting individuals with dementia as they go about their daily lives with the hope that this greater understanding will lead to better care.”

Five different sessions – each 45 minutes long – are available each day, however, space is limited. Pre-registration is required and accepted up to the day of the event. Interested individuals can register at crossingrivers.org/dementialive. Questions can be directed to the ADRC of Eagle Country Prairie du Chien at 877.794.2372.

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