A project exploring virtual reality dementia simulation as an educational tool was launched at Baycrest to increase empathy in formal and informal caregivers for people with dementia. Scenarios were filmed from the point of view of a man living with dementia and the point of view of his caregiver.
“Our goal is to increase the quality of life and care for both caregivers and persons with dementia,” said Lisa Sokoloff, Manager, Training and Simulation, Centre for Education & Knowledge Exchange in Aging.
The project also produced an app that can be downloaded for viewing the videos when the project is completed. Virtual Reality Dementia Simulation has received funding from the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CABHI) and the Baycrest Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long Term Care.