Del Mar Students Undergo Virtual Dementia Simulation

Some nursing students at Del Mar College had the chance to see what it is like to have a debilitating disease.

The students were putting on a virtual dementia tour for themselves and for family members of people suffering from dementia. The six-minute tour mimics someone in the early stages of the disease.

They put on goggles, gloves, spikes under their feet and constant music in their ears. Then, the person taking the tour was told to complete simple tasks, like setting a table or folding a sweater.

"A lot of times it's an eye opener, and it's heartbreaking because they are very unfamiliar with what their family member is dealing with," said Christina Franco of Del Mar College. "It allows them to cope easier, knowing they can help them because they can put themselves in their shoes, and feel what they feel, for at least a little while."

The virtual dementia simulation was put on by Dr. Huddleston in the Del Mar College nursing department.


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