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Charting a Course for the Journey of Dementia

Virtual Dementia Tour

A Unique Training Experience

It's impossible to truly understand what it is like to have dementia, but this training program offered by Connelly Law Offices can bring the participant as close as possible to experiencing the chaotic sense of mental decline faced by those with this disease.

Connelly Law Offices, Ltd., in a collaborative partnership with Continuum Hospice and Palliative Care of Rhode Island, is offering the Virtual Dementia Tour®, developed by Second Wind Dreams, as part of a comprehensive dementia training experience that covers all the needs associated with such a diagnosis.

The Virtual Dementia Tour® provides participants with a unique understanding of what it's like to live with this life-changing condition.  


As we overcome adversity in our lives, we will become stronger.  Then we will be better able to help others, those who are working, in their turn, to find a safe harbor from the storms that rage about them.

                                             -- Joseph B. Wirthlin

For Elder Care Facilities, Senior Centers and Families

The Virtual Dementia Tour® will take you from the beginning to the late stages of the dementia disease process, allowing you to experience the difficulties of day to day living for someone with dementia.  Participants will be performing tasks and exercises that are essential for professionals, caregivers and family members to experience.  

Connelly Law Offices and Continuum Hospice will provide specially trained staff to facilitate this program, free of charge, as part of a comprehensive training event, at your facility for your staff, administration and family members of residents.

Participants are then asked to complete simple day-to-day tasks and usually do so with great difficulty resulting in the following:

  • Loss of hearing and increased confusion.

  • Loss of central and peripheral vision.

  • Loss of sensory nerves and fine motor skills.

  • Onset of arthritis and neuropathy.

Appropriate participants include:

  • Emergency first responders

  • Police officers

  • Fire fighters

  • Local businesses

  • Community groups

  • Houses of worship​

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About Second Wind Dreams Virtual Dementia Tour®


Second Wind Dreams Virtual Dementia Tour® (VDT) will alter perspectives and change the way facility staff approaches care-giving.  Research conducted by Second Wind Dreams states that, "one very important result of use of the VDT is a reduction in the use of psychoactive medication once staff has a better understanding of expected dementia behavior."


The Virtual Dementia Tour has also been lauded as the game changer in helping staff understand what person-centered care actually entails. The bottom line is that resident quality of life will improve and caregivers will benefit from a reduction in the number of challenging situations and an increased connection to those they serve.


Once a person takes the Tour, they are more aware of how to provide “person-centered-care” to those with dementia because they have just experienced what those with dementia are living with every day. This personal experience allows participants to examine how they would like to be treated and encourages them to use their experience as the example by which they treat people with dementia.

The VDT isn’t just the experience; it’s also an in-depth debrief session to help staff understand why some residents have difficult behavior. In-services are interactive and allow the staff to discuss their experience while learning the clinical reasons for the way they behaved.

Once they have walked in the shoes of a person with cognitive decline, staff state that they will be more patient, understanding, less hurried, more sensitive to what is going on around the resident, among other things. Even simply turning on more lights, turning off the TV, turning on music and cutting down on loud abrupt noise make all the difference to a person with dementia, and staff become more aware of these easy strategies after the experience.

What to Expect from VDT

Virtual Dementia Tour® at Connelly Law Offices


Providing services to family members of those who have received a dementia diagnosis is a primary focus of our law offices.  To address that, our staff have been trained in the Virtual Dementia Tour® Family Edition, designed to give families a way to gain understanding of what their loved one with dementia experiences daily, but in the privacy of our office in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. 

Attorney Connelly has set up a private, special training area in which to do this presentation for family members.  The area is furnished to mimic a typical bedroom which will take participants from the beginning to the late stages of the dementia disease process, allowing them to experience the difficulties of day to day living for someone with dementia.  Participants will be performing tasks and exercises that are essential for family members to experience.  

After experiencing the Family Edition, caregivers report increased sensitivity to the challenges faced by their loved ones with dementia, and often are able to make the needed adjustments to their care-giving… which results in an increase in positive interaction for all.  Again, this tour is presented free of charge.


A family guide, written specifically for family caregivers, is included to help care partners navigate the challenges that dementia brings.

Connelly Law will be providing this training on a regular basis.  Check back on this site for dates or call us at 855-724-9400 and ask for Don Drake, coordinator of Connelly Law's VDT presentations.

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