Walk a Mile in the Shoes of a Person Living with Dementia

January 12, 2015

Walk a Mile in the Shoes of a Person Living with Dementia

Jewish Home Life Communities Host Keynote and Book Signing with Geriatric Specialist, P.K. Beville


ATLANTA, Ga. (Monday 12, 2015)—On Sunday, January 11, 2015 Jewish Home Life Communitiesand its newest assisted living residence opening in March, Berman Commons, hosted a keynote and book signing with award-winning geriatric specialist and Founder of Second Wind Dreams® P.K. Beville as a part of the London Family Age Smart Lectures. Beville shared with more than 200 people, including families and caregivers, ways to more effectively care for their loved ones living with dementia.


Beville highlighted the social stigma surrounding dementia and encouraged the audience to take an active part in advocacy for increased sensitivity training. According to Beville, families who have experienced the Virtual Dementia Tour® (VDT®) are more sensitive to their loved ones’ needs.


The VDT is a scientifically proven method she created that builds sensitivity and awareness in the individuals caring for those with dementia by temporarily altering participants’ physical and sensory abilities with props and circumstances to simulate changes associated with physical as well as cognitive impairments of aging.


This program increases both understanding and empathy, “without empathy we will never understand dementia, and in order to gain empathy we are required to imagine ourselves as someone else,” she said. “The Virtual Dementia Tour is teaching us what our loved ones cannot.”


An in-depth question and answer session concluded Beville’s keynote. Audience members asked Beville questions spanning from the different versions of the VDT to more personal questions about their loved ones’ care.


After the discussion, Beville offered a book signing of Second Wind, the novel, which colorfully illustrates the lively personalities of the residents of Milly’s Merry Roost. As co-author, Beville weaves together real people and instances she has encountered in her career to bring the book to life, and introduce readers to the hilarious stories that linger through the halls of the nursing home and the tellers who have lived them.


About Jewish Home Life Communities:

What began as The William Breman Jewish Home has expanded and grown over the past 60+ years to become Jewish Home Life Communities, a comprehensive system of life care communities and services that meets the many needs of seniors and their families. Jewish Home Life Communities includes The William Breman Jewish Home, Aviv Rehabilitation Center, The Zaban Tower, The Cohen Home, Berman Commons, The One Group, Meyer Balser NORC and Weinstein Hospice. From long term care, independent and assisted living to rehabilitation, home care and hospice, Jewish Home Life Communities provides care and resources for generations. To learn more about these communities please visit www.JewishHomeLife.org


About Second Wind Dreams:

Second Wind Dreams is an international, nonprofit organization founded in 1997. This organization is changing the perception of aging through the fulfillment of dreams and educational programs including its flagship program, The Virtual Dementia Tour®. The Atlanta-based organization has fulfilled more than 10,000 dreams with help from its sponsors: Senior Helpers, Caesars Foundation, Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and UK-based Training 2 Care. For more information about Second Wind Dreams® visit:  www.secondwind.org,www.Facebook.com/SecondWindDreams or @SecondWindDream on Twitter. 



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