With altered senses and plenty of distractions in between, participants in Tuesday's virtual tour experience see for themselves the physical and mental challenges those with dementia face each day.
"There was a lot of anxiety. I didn't know where anything was," participant Jessica Rodnign said. 

The partnership between Monarch Health Care Management and Freedom Home Care aims to help those better understand dementia.
"It's an opportunity for people to literally step into the shoes of somebody with dementia," owner of Freedom Home Care Christine Nessler said. 

And learn ways to provide support to the individual and their family.
"You have more patience and understanding that, hey, you know, it might take a little longer to help this individual or talk to them," participant Kristine Harmon said.

Nessler says it's resources like these that help raise public awareness and reduce stigma.

"Much like diabetes or cancer, a person that has dementia is a person first. So really to remember that and show them respect and care and kindness," she said

And to serve as a reminder that people living with dementia can still lead healthy lives and be productive members of the community through proper care and support.
If you're interested in participating in the next dementia experience or would like to receive more information visit the Freedom Home Care website.

--KEYC News 12