We’re walking through dementia this week…how? Why? -you may ask. Well, with the help of a clever little cardboard …
We know that to fight dementia we need to understand it. Contrary to other terminal diseases like cancer, dementia does not always show physical signs. Most of the symptoms are cognitive impairments, so a person with dementia may appear perfectly healthy. This is one of the reasons that dementia is still not well understood and not given the attention it needs. The other reason that dementia is still not an openly discussed subject is because of the stigma: 1) the shame associated to someone losing their cognitive capacities, 2) that it’s seen as an old people’s disease. This means that without awareness campaigns people will only understand dementia if someone close to them or themselves is diagnosed with dementia. This is a great concern to us for society concerns are that if we don’t take action now the rates will keep increasing. That’s why we love the new app A Walked Through Dementia created by ARUK.
ARUK created a new way for everyone to be able to experience some of the symptoms caused by dementia. A Walk Through Dementia consists of a virtual reality app that immerses you in different scenarios built based on testimonies of people with dementia and what they experience. One of the common symptoms portrayed is confusion while being outdoors and not being able to find their home. What happens to people with dementia is that they can fail to recognise places and the right route.
Want to try it?
You can either use YouTube 360 to watch here.
Or to get the full experience buy a Google Cardboard here and download the app on an Android device.