The Fountains at Canterbury hosted two Virtual Dementia Tours this week in conjunction with “Right at Home” of Edmond. The tour simulates scientifically proven experiences comparable to actual lifelike experiences of a person with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Participants are asked to wear goggles with vision impairment, gloves with fingers taped together, shoe inserts and a headset emitting loud garbled sounds and then they are given tasks to do wearing these devices. It is important to be able to associate with what a person with Alzheimer’s is going through every day, especially if you have a loved one suffering from this disease. We continue to schedule these tours regularly throughout the year, so it is an opportunity for anyone to be able to experience this first hand. Alzheimer’s is a disease that is growing every year, with individuals age 65 and older estimated to reach 1.7 million by the year 2025. It is critical to understand this disease since almost everyone is touched by someone they love who has some form of dementia. This tour gives one a better understanding enabling them to improve communication, be more empathetic, and how better to assist those suffering.