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Dementia Experience Offers Insight Into Growing Disease

Freedom Home Care, LLC

MANKATO –Freedom Home Care and Laurel’s Peak Rehabilitation Center are partnering to provide a Dementia Experience for community members on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at the Laurel’s Peak Rehabilitation Center at 700 James Avenue in Mankato, Minnesota.


The experience will begin with a Virtual Dementia Tour from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Next there will be a Dementia Friends Presentation from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. The evening will then wrap up with another opportunity for participants to experience the Virtual Dementia Tour. Participants need to register in advance to ensure a space in the virtual Dementia tour. Individual tours last 15 minutes.


The Virtual Dementia Tour is an evidence based, scientific approach that helps people build a better understanding of what dementia is. During a Virtual Dementia Tour experience, trained facilitators guide participants outfitted with patented devices that alter their senses while they try to complete common everyday tasks and exercises. The Tour enables caregivers to experience for themselves the physical and mental challenges those with dementia face, and use the experience to provide better person-centered care.


The Virtual Dementia Tour is a life changing experience,” said Erin Aanenson, Campus Administrator for Laurel’s Peak Rehabilitation Center. “You personally walk in the steps of a person with dementia.” According to Aanenson, it opened up her eyes, and mind on evaluating interactions with individuals who have dementia and how treatment for each person affected with the disease must be unique with different approaches and techniques used.


The second part of the Dementia experience is a one-hour Dementia Friends presentation by Christine Nessler, co-owner and Business Relations Manager for Freedom Home Care. Nessler is a Dementia Friend Champion through Dementia Friends Minnesota, an ACT on Alzheimer’s Initiative and has been doing these presentations as a part of the Mankato/North Mankato ACT on Alzheimer’s Committee. Dementia Friends was developed by the Alzheimer’s Society in the United Kingdom as a way to change the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. The Dementia Friends Initiative is now underway in Minnesota. The goal of the Dementia Friends Session is to help community members understand dementia and the small things they can do to make a difference for people living with dementia.


“This presentation is a quick and informative session that helps the community better understand how to support people affected by this growing disease,” said Nessler.


According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. By 2050, up to 16 million will have the disease. Sadly, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s every 66 seconds.


Community members should register for this event with Christine Nessler at Freedom Home Care at 507.387.4663 or cnessler@freedomhomecarellc.com. Virtual Dementia tours will be scheduled in 15 minute time slots from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. and from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.


To learn more about the virtual Dementia tour visit http://www.secondwind.org/virtual-dementia-tour/.

To learn more about Laurel’s Peak Rehabilitation Center visit http://monarchmn.com/laurels-peak-rehabilitation-center/.

To learn more about Freedom Home Care, LLC visit www.freedomhomecarellc.com or call 507.387.HOME (4663).




About Freedom Home Care, LLC:

As a locally owned business, Freedom Home Care, LLC strives to help aging adults stay independent in their homes for as long as possible with the peace of mind that quality one-on-one care will be provided by a team of compassionate, well-trained and reliable in-home caregivers, nurses and office staff.

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