Dementia Classes

Virtual Dementia Tour

Improve staff confidence, care delivery, and survey performance with interactive, hands-on dementia care training.

More than 55 million people live with dementia worldwide, and there are nearly 10 million new cases every year (World Health Organization 9/20/22). The physical and psychological impacts of dementia can be devastating for the person living with this disease and for their caregivers as well.

As a healthcare professional, it is our responsibility to help preserve dignity and quality of life. We can best do this by arming ourselves with current dementia training and education that 1) advances our understanding of the disease and its effect on our patients (and their family) and 2) improves communication techniques and care. Survey performance and staff retention and satisfaction are likely to improve with dementia training as well.

Receive interactive, hands-on care skills training.

Home Health • Hospice • Hospitals • Clinics • Adult Family Homes • Assisted Living • Memory Care • Nursing Homes

Topics Include:

  • Virtual Dementia Tour: Gain Empathy and Understanding
  • Types of Dementia Explained
  • Dementia Approaches to Ease Communication, Behaviors, and Care
  • Pro-Active Techniques for Behavioral Expressions
  • Dementia: Understanding from Within
  • Making Memories in Memory Loss
  • Six Secrets to Connecting
  • Finding Joy in Caregiving

Call 715-726-3849 to explore pricing and scheduling options for the above dementia trainings or any other dementia care topics.

Experience the world-renowned virtual dementia tour.

Gain a better understanding of the physical and mental challenges those living with dementia face through this life-changing simulation. Trained facilitators outfit you with patented devices that alter your senses and guide you as you try to complete common everyday tasks and exercises. You will leave with increased empathy critical to providing quality care for those with memory loss.

When my dad was diagnosed with dementia, I thought he would just forget names or where he was. It wasn't until I took the Virtual Dementia Tour that I realized how much this disease affected all aspects of his life or how it made him feel. My eyes and heart were opened and I became a better, more patient caregiver from this experience.

I always thought those with memory loss knew what they were doing when they had behaviors in the hospital. Now I realize that they are bored and have nothing to do, are confused, lonely, sad, possibly in pain, and cannot accurately verbalize any of this, so they physically react. It's not them, it's the disease.

VDT Experience for Your Business or Community Group
$1,000 for half day or $2,000 for full day

VDT Experience for Your Hospital
$1,500 for full day

Become a VDT Facilitator
$350 per person, plus the purchase of one Virtual Dementia Tour Kit for $925
This hands-on training equips you to provide the VDT experience for your organization. Facilitators are required to use the Virtual Dementia Tour Kit and be a member of the Virtual Dementia Tour by Second Wind Dreams.

Travel Fees
If our trainer needs to travel more than 60 miles from Eau Claire, WI, there will be an additional fee that may include the trainer's travel time, mileage, and lodging, if necessary.

Paula Gibson
Director & Certified Virtual Dementia Tour Trainer

Paula Gibson, CDP, CVDTT, CCSP

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The Virtual Dementia Tour® (VDT) sensitivity training program is the proprietary intellectual property of Second Wind Dreams, an international 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation based in Roswell, Georgia. Developed by Second Wind Dreams founder, P.K. Beville, the Alzheimer's and related dementias sensitivity training program known as the Virtual Dementia Tour is a scientifically proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia through the use of patented sensory tools and instruction (U.S. No. 8,388,347). The patent relates to certain components, elements and functions of the Virtual Dementia Tour experience and only Second Wind Dreams and its authorized agents may conduct or deliver the Virtual Dementia Tour.

Looking for a different topic?

We may be able to offer additional dementia education in your community — Amery, Augusta, Barron, Black River Falls, Bloomer, Chetek, Chippewa Falls, Cumberland, Durand, Eau Claire, Hayward, Ladysmith, Menomonie, Mondovi, Neillsville, Osseo, Rice Lake, Turtle Lake, Spooner, Superior, and Whitehall to name a few.

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