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      Public Invited to Experience Dementia with VR Technology at Vancouver Memory Care Facility

      Excerpt of the article Public invited to experience dementia with VR technology at Vancouver memory care facility by Wesleigh Ogle, published in KATU, September 23, 2022

      Vancouver, Wash. — There's a new opportunity to see the world through the eyes of the people you love and care for.

      Brookdale Vancouver Stonebridge, a memory care facility, is inviting the public to try its new virtual reality technology. This facility is just one of four locations across the country selected for a pilot program in conjunction with Embodied Labs.

      The VR technology allows the user to experience what it's like to live with dementia, by guiding them through different scenarios in a classroom, a grocery store, at home with family on a holiday, etc.

      Explaining one scenario, Community Relations Director of Brookdale Vancouver Stonebridge Sean Guerrero says, "it's showing you the early signs of dementia. It can start out with little things in your memory, it can be about spatial awareness and people."

      Lisa Dayley, the District Director of Clinical Services for Brookdale Senior Living tried the VR technology for the first time right in front of KATU's camera.

      Dayley explains the confusion she felt, telling KATU, "I was looking to find some flour and I'm like 'I can't see what it is and people are talking to me and I don't know really what's going on.'"

      "I've been a nurse for almost 20 years and I had no idea what that would really feel like until just now," Dayley said. "I even taught nursing school and I had no idea. You think that you have an idea of something, but I think until you actually experience it yourself you can't really understand."[...]
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