They call it a “virtual dementia” tour. For a ten to fifteen-minute period, I was placed in an environment designed to simulate the effects of dementia. People living with dementia often appear docile, giving the impression that dementia is somehow a serene experience. My experience was anything but serene.
Even though my mind re-acclimated within a few minutes, my body was still trying to make sense of the experience. I felt out of breath, even though I had done nothing strenuous. I left with a greater sensitivity for those who live with dementia, and for their caregivers.
There are many in our community who need support dealing with the terrible toll of dementia. They may be people living with a diagnosis of dementia, caregivers or family affected by a loved one (or the loss of a loved one) with dementia.
Our former mayor and first lady, Jared and Karen Fuhriman, have been heroic as they work to educate others about diseases which impair memories and cognitive abilities. They have opened up about former Mayor Fuhriman’s diagnosis and their challenges in an open and inspiring way. It is hard to quantify the positive impact of their effort.
Now is our opportunity to join the fight. Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and there is currently no treatment to cure, delay or stop the progression of Alzheimer's disease. This is going to change.
On September 10th, there will be a “Walk to End Alzheimer’s®” at Russ Freeman Park, one of 600 such events throughout the nation. Even if you cannot donate dollars, you can still make a valuable contribution. We need your participation and your family/friends!
If you would like to make that walk, or organize a group to make the walk, please e-mail Lindsay Meloy, firstname.lastname@example.org. Or e-mail me at the address below to join with the Wright Law Offices team. Together we can provide support to those in our community looking for hope.
© 2016 Steven J Wright