Published on March 20th, 2014 | by admin

A virtual forest for dementia

Support sufferers of Dementia and help make the Virtual Forest a reality by visiting …

Alzheimer’s Australia Vic is a charity providing education, support, information and advocacy for the more than 75,000 Australians living with dementia in Victoria. Using ‘serious gaming’ technology and dementia friendly design innovation, Alzheimer’s Australia Vic has taken the lead in tackling dementia with its ground-breaking, Perc Walkely Dementia Learning Centre in Melbourne, Australia. A major feature of this Centre is the ability to create a multi-sensory simulation using light, sound, colour and visual content to create a virtual reality experience, taking aged and healthcare workers and other course participants into the world of dementia.

Through a custom designed, motion sensitive kinetic wall, participants are immersed into a virtual experience that will enable them to explore a particular environment through the eyes of a person living with dementia. Technology programming that manipulates sight, sound and touch is used throughout the experience to simulate typical environmental elements that are friendly or adverse to a person with dementia. This new experience assists professional carers to shift their thinking in relation to caring for people living with dementia and consider beneficial changes in the acute, aged or community care workplace that can improve delivery of person centered care and improve the quality of life for those impacted by dementia.

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