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Using Virtual Reality for Dementia Caregiving Training

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Using Virtual Reality for Dementia Caregiving Training

In February 2023, Santa Clara University students and faculty completed a groundbreaking virtual reality training program for Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers, which they will be testing at a local dementia care program and a home health agency in Washington, D.C.

The program walks a caregiver virtually through several scenarios in which a person living with Alzheimer’s becomes agitated, confused or aggressive during sundowning–-a common symptom of the disease. The user will have the ability to try out different responses and then experience the outcomes in realistic cinematography and emotion.

Santa Clara University is developing this 360-degree VR training experience with the goal of improving the outcome of caregivers assisting persons living with dementia. Among the goals are to increase empathy and decrease stress for caregivers, while improving quality of care.

Want to learn more about the benefits of VR training for dementia caregivers found in this Santa Clara University initiative?

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