Alzheimer's Society Innovation Hub

In their shoes

For those without dementia it is difficult to understand the daily challenges and without this understanding, how can society truly become dementia friendly.

Can we create something that allows people to "walk in the shoes" of someone with dementia, allowing them to have a clearer idea of what it might be like to experience dementia. One way to do this could be through virtual reality, and there may be other ways to build this kind of empathy and understanding too.

This could be helpful for professionals and friends or relatives who support people with dementia and have an impact across society.

edited on Oct 28, 2019 by Tim Shakespeare

Hazel Davis 1 month ago

This would be invaluable for T&C training courses, as well as fundraising!

Jennifer Bute 1 month ago

Work has been done on this some is excellent and some is appalling So often it is about being frail rather than having dementia !

amble 3 weeks ago

brilliant idea. It would need to be really well publicised to give the most benefit.

Jecarisa 3 weeks ago

Hopefully this could look at the ways for positive support and better understanding for people with dementia, not just about what people cannot do !

John Clark 3 weeks ago

VR technology is really expensive and I would think that role-playing exercises would be a better and much cheaper way of getting non-sufferers to think what it would be like to have dementia

Tim Shakespeare 2 weeks ago

This idea has been advanced to the next phase

Serena Snoad 6 days ago

The VR aspect would presumably be part of a wider engagement around the realities of living with dementia. Considering how varied dementia can be, I'm wondering how that would be best conveyed? Perhaps this is less about the actual VR tech (which can be pretty pricy) but more about the concept of VR to show the first person perspective? If so, that could lead to the development of visual/audio stories shared of different people's experiences and made available via multiple platforms/mediums?

Ann Rita 6 days ago

I think this would be invaluable to family members as I struggled so much to understand what was going on and no one could really help me to comprehend or explain. All I was told was that this was usual behaviour for someone with dementia. I really wanted to understand what my mum was experiencing from within.

Tim Shakespeare 1 day ago

This idea has been advanced to the current phase