BULLHEAD CIty — In 1983, President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.

At the time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s; today, the number of people with the disease has soared to nearly 5.4 million. 

In connection, Joshua Springs Senior Living, with the partnered efforts of the Colorado River Women’s Council, will be hosting the Virtual Dementia Tour on Nov. 16-17.

The Virtual Dementia Tour is the original and groundbreaking, evidence-based and scientifically proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia through the use of patented sensory tools and instruction based on research conducted by P.K. Beville, M.S., a specialist in geriatrics and the founder of Second Wind Dreams. 

During a Virtual Dementia Tour experience, trained facilitators guide participants through common everyday tasks and exercises while outfitted with patented devices that alter their senses. 

The tour enables caregivers to experience for themselves the physical and mental challenges those with dementia face and uses the experience to provide better person-centered care.

In June of this year, Joshua Springs Community Relations Director Kim Cool approached the Colorado River Women’s Council for aid in bringing the nationally acclaimed program to the Bullhead City area.

The Women’s Council board voted for a one-time $1,860 contribution which brought in equipment and the necessary trainer to educate the assisted living staff as facilitators of the program.

Joshua Springs contributed the added amount necessary to ensure that Bullhead City would have enough locally trained individuals to offer continuous tours and education to the people here.

“Thus far staff members of assisted living community have had the opportunity to participate in tours with extremely positive results in helping them to better understand the individuals we work with every day,” said Cool. 

“We now wish to help others by offering the tours to caregivers of loved ones in the area at no cost.” 

Tour times will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, and 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Individuals can schedule their tour time which takes about 45 minutes by calling 928-763-1212. Space is limited.

This program is free, however, donations will be accepted and sent to the Second Wind Dreams foundation where they will be used to fulfill Second Wind Dreams’ mission to make dreams come true for elders who live in long-term care. 

For more information regarding Joshua Springs Senior Living community or their services, contact Cool at 928-763-1212 or by send an email to  CRD@JoshuaSpringsSenior

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