These Firefighters Will Try Dementia Glasses

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Silverado Lake Zurich Memory Care has invited 15 firefighter-paramedics to participate in hands-on dementia training that will aid them in helping people with forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s Disease.  

The Virtual Dementia Tour® includes putting on special glasses, headphones and shoe inserts that simulate the same feelings of disorientation felt by dementia patients. This experiment is one of the substantial efforts made by Silverado to further education about dementia awareness.  

Mickey Wenzel, Lake Zurich Fire Department training division chief said that with a number of nursing homes in his community, firefighter-paramedics must to be ready to deal dementia patients accordingly.  

“There’s just a large handful of people that have dementia in this area, and we have to deal with them all the time, and care for them, and it’s important that we know how to do it properly,” he said.

“It’s just a matter of trying to keep the person calm and explain to them what’s happening at all times, so that they understand, and we don’t scare them or put them on edge because of our action,” he said.

Dementia has affected an estimated 5 million Americans today.

This article is an adaptation of an article originally posted in the Chicago’s CBS Local. Read the full story here.


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