Enter the virtual world of dementia with an app from Alzheimers Research UK called A Walk Through Dementia and experience what it feels like to those who have the disease.
Helping family, friends and carers develop a better understanding of dementia, the app puts the individual right in an immersive experience of what it feels like to live with the disease.
Each person’s experience of dementia is unique, but helping people to think differently about dementia, the app takes you through three scenarios created in consultation with people with different forms of the disease keen to help you understand what everyday life can be like for them.
Presented in virtual reality, the scenarios demonstrate symptoms that pose as challenges to people with dementia. From a visit to the supermarket, out and about in the streets, to the home environment, the app highlights how simple everyday tasks can become impossible.
From how the ability to make decisions, concentrate, navigate and calculate the space around you, to finding crowds and noise overwhelming, even the most familiar place of home can present challenges. Each scenario is put to the viewer in surprising reality.
Adam Hutchison, managing director at Belmont Healthcare says: “We really welcome this app. We need more understanding and empathy amongst the general public to raise awareness. Often people think it’s just an ageing disease and to be expected, but as we know it can affect anyone at any age. The app does a really good job of visually representing what it might feel like and we recommend you download it now.”
Download the app here https://www.awalkthroughdementia.org/ and order your cardboard headset, or experience through the 360 video on YouTube.