Families and professional caregivers will have a unique opportunity to briefly experience the challenges and struggles of a person living with dementia through Dementia Live™. Using specialized gear within a safe, experiential setting, the program provides a powerful and moving experience with a real-life simulation of life with dementia. Participants gain greater awareness and understanding of the constant struggles (24/7) affecting persons with dementia, which can lead caregivers to provide to more empathetic and sensitive care.

“With the number of people experiencing dementia expected to increase by 2035, it is imperative for every member of our society to better understand the challenges a person with dementia faces,” states Trisha Witham, dementia care specialist at the ADRC. 

Hosted by the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Barron, Rusk, & Washburn Counties, the program is the newest tool in the powerful arena of sensitivity awareness training being used for the booming number of direct care staff, family caregivers, healthcare professionals, and college and university students. The innovative program was designed by a team of dementia, sensitivity and awareness, and professional development experts from the nationally recognized AGE-u-cate® Training Institute headquartered in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.  

To pre-register for the Dementia Live™ experience, contact the ADRC at 715-635-4460.  This free event will be held at the Aging & Disability Resource Center, 850 W. Beaverbrook Ave. (check in at reception) in Spooner.  Pre-registration is required for the April 20th event with 30-minute time slots available from 9:00-3:30 p.m. Information about Dementia Live™ and other training programs offered by AGE-u-cate® Training Institute is available at www.AGEucate.com

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