'Virtual Dementia Tour' teaches Mayo employees how to care for those with memory loss

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Hospital employees in Eau Claire got hands-on training to learn more about the patients they take care of every day.

The Virtual Dementia Tour, put on by Azura Memory Care, went to Mayo Clinic Health System Monday to teach health care workers in a unique way.

The tour involves a 10 minute simulation of what life is like for a person with dementia and how to work better with those who have dementia.
Pam White with Mayo Clinic Health System says the training provides a sensory experience such as a walking perspective to see what patients experience.

"Alzheimer’s and dementia impact so many patients across our nation. It's important that we try to understand what they're going through. We've already heard amazing feedback from our staff already saying 'We had no idea,’” said White.

White says this was the first year Mayo used the virtual tour.