LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- A local nonprofit has developed a virtual tour that simulates the experience of dementia.
Second Wind Dreams' aim is to alter the perception of aging and offer sensitivity training and educational programs related to mental impairment for professionals, caregivers and family members.
"Dementia is an umbrella term. It's a syndrome which means a loss of brain function due to the death of brain cells for any number of reasons," Clinical Manager Melora Jackson said. "Alzheimer's is the most common type. There’s several other types of dementia."
The program has had about three million participants from 20 countries.
Participants' senses are dulled with various gear including gloves, goggles and ear muffs.
- Getting lost in familiar places
- Becoming more withdrawn
- Forgetting daily activities
- Confusion, dimmed senses
Check out the video above.