For those of us who do not have Alzheimer’s or dementia, it is difficult to really know the daily struggle that our loved ones who do have dementia go through. To help people better understand, Google has partnered with Alzheimer’s Research UK and created a virtual reality (VR) walk through the eyes of someone who has dementia called A Walk Through Dementia. The videos are available on the app or through their YouTube channel.
In these videos, the viewer is put in the place of a woman who has dementia. You hear her thoughts and see through her eyes. Sometimes you are walking home from the store with your son, other times you are having company over with your daughter. Your virtual children do not always understand how the dementia affects you, their mother. Confusing thoughts, difficulty with vision, wandering, and irrational fears are all part of the experience.
Dementia is a very isolating disease. It is difficult for people who have dementia and their loved ones to communicate. Family members and caregivers who are going to be spending a significant amount of time around a loved one who has dementia could benefit greatly from this type of video. Reading about possible symptoms and watching your loved one actually experience those symptoms are two very different things.