Dementia is known for memory loss, but there are many other symptoms that are often neglected.
It is estimated there are 1.2 million people involved in the care of over 400,000 Australians living with dementia. With a majority of people still living within their local communities, they are often cared for by family members or other loved ones.
However many carers are not always aware of the extent of the effect that dementia can affect a person’s cognitive functions and perception. Dark floor mats may appear as holes. A busy pattern might have the illusion of moving, even looking like a swarm of insects. These symptoms can be difficult understand for carers who don’t experience them for themself. This misunderstanding can lead to person with dementia not receiving the proper care they require.
“Without a doubt, it was for three and a half minutes, some of the most shocking, dystopian, experience that I could not have imagined. But it puts me in the shoes of someone living in dementia.”
The Educational Dementia Immersive Experience (EDIE) is a Virtual Reality experience to provide users the opportunity to live through the eyes of someone with dementia. EDIE aims to build empathy and raise awareness of the issues faced by those living with Dementia.
The user is placed into the shoes of Edie, a person with dementia, as he navigates to the bathroom during the night, trying his best to avoid disrupting his wife. Using various lighting, sound, and other special effects, the app highlight how dementia can complicate a person’s perception. A second scenario demonstrates how simple changes around the home can improve quality of life.
To experience EDIE, please contact Dementia Australia via the link below.