We have all heard the timeless expression "Until you've walked a mile in someone else's shoes, you have no idea what their life is like."
Well, there is now an opportunity available to have an eye-opening experience and encounter first-hand the hardships that those with dementia endure daily.
Arden Courts has graciously agreed to provide a "Virtual Dementia Tour" at Brooksville Regional Hospital. On Saturday we are killing two birds with one stone, so to speak, by hosting Dementia Awareness Day along with the launching of the first hospital in the nation to run the Alzheimer's/Dementia Hospital Wristband Program. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17240 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.
I encourage all caregivers, health care professionals and anyone involved in making decisions for someone who is suffering from a dementia-related disease to attend. It's extremely important to have a sound understanding of the challenges our loved ones are facing, and that's exactly what this dementia tour will provide.
"The Virtual Dementia Tour" was created by P.K. Beville of "Second Wind Dreams."
Arden Courts specializes in dementia care and has been working alongside Beville for the past five years on this project. They will be the highly trained professionals running the tour.
A representative from the Alzheimer's Association also will be on hand to answer any of your questions and put you on the right path to finding help.
If Alzheimer's or another dementia-related disease has invaded you or your family's life, this is the perfect opportunity to gain some knowledge to better cope with the situation. As I said so many times before, "Knowledge is the best tool a caregiver can have."
I will be attending this event myself, so come on down and join us and enjoy a great learning experience. I look forward to seeing you there.
If you're currently seeking help, please don't wait until this event. Call the Alzheimer's Association's 24/7 helpline at (800) 272-3900.