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Virtual dementia bus stops off in Stratford

Ian Hughes 17th Sep, 2018

A VIRTUAL dementia tour bus will be stopping off in Stratford on Tuesday (September 25).

The bus has been converted to replicate the rooms of a house and gives participants the chance to experience a little of what it can be like to live with dementia.

By understanding dementia from the point of view of someone living with it, carers are better placed to improve the care they deliver, as well as helping others become more aware of the impact dementia has.

The experience can be scary and make participants feel vulnerable, and there will be a debrief afterwards to discuss the experience and how it might have changed perceptions.

Stratford District Council health spokeswoman Coun Jacqui Harris said: “It is great that this opportunity is available to council employees, elected members and members of the public. Enabling people to have a better understanding of what it’s like to live with dementia, it helps to create a more dementia friendly community.”

There will three sessions – 9.30am to noon; 12.15pm to 2.45pm and 3pm to 5.15pm

Each session, lasting two-and-a-half hours, can accommodate up to 12 people.

Call Marie Darwen at Stratford District Council on 01789 260108 or email marie.darwen@stratford-dc.gov.uk to book a place.

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