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Virtual Dementia Tour’s Patent

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500,000 family and professional caregivers have experienced The Virtual Dementia Tour®. It simulates Alzheimer’s for caregivers. It boosts their level of care and motivation. See how it works.

The Alzheimer’s & dementia sensitivity training program known as The Virtual Dementia Tour® has U.S. Patent No. 8,388,347. Over half a million people in 17 countries have experienced it. Watch the following video to see how this scientifically proven method builds greater understanding of dementia through the use of patented sensory tools and instruction.

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According to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, the tour consists of “Systems and Methods for Simulating Effects of Age-Related Cognitive or Physical Decline.” It provides “a system for allowing a user to experience a simulation of an age-related medical condition.” U.S. Patent No. 8,388,347 relates to certain components, elements and functions of the Virtual Dementia Tour®.

Thanks to the Virtual Dementia Tour® program, health care professionals, family caregivers, business leaders, consumer advocates, first responders and educators are experiencing for themselves the physical and mental challenges facing people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

“The solution to Alzheimer’s disease today and in the foreseeable future is in developing a better and more personal understanding of the day-to-day challenges facing those with the disease,” said P.K. Beville, M.S., the tour’s creator. “The Virtual Dementia Tour® program is the tool that makes that understanding possible.”

“America is asleep at the switch waiting for that magic cure for Alzheimer’s disease that is still decades away,” stated Beville. “We need to take stock of the here and now and develop a deeper understanding of the minds of those with the disease. The Virtual Dementia Tour® program truly sets the standard for creating greater awareness of Alzheimer’s and sensitivity for those with dementia.”

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Proceeds from the sale of Virtual Dementia Tour® program go to support Second Wind Dreams, the international nonprofit organization recognized as the first in the nation to be committed to changing the perception of aging through the fulfillment of dreams for elders. 

Beville was assisted in the patent application process by the Atlanta office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP. For more information visit

About Second Wind Dreams
Second Wind Dreams is an international, nonprofit organization committed to changing the perception of aging through the fulfillment of dreams and educational programs that help caregivers understand the physical and mental challenges facing those with dementia.  Founded in 1997 by award-winning geriatric specialist P.K. Beville, M.S., the Atlanta-based organization is recognized as the first in the nation to focus on enhancing the quality of life for elders and changing society’s perception of seniors by making dreams come true.  Affiliated with more than 500 elder care communities across the country, Second Wind Dreams has made thousands of dreams come true for seniors living in the United States, Canada, India, Israel and other countries around the world. Its innovative educational program, known as the Virtual Dementia Tour®, is a scientifically proven method of training designed to build sensitivity and awareness in individuals caring for those with dementia. For more information about Second Wind Dreams visit , or follow @SecondWindDream on Twitter.


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February 25, 2015 4:49 am

I suffer from dementia. Not surprised she cried when told she was doing fine. Some support would make what's left of my life easier.

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December 7, 2020 10:06 am

It makes me so sad to hear you have no support.I'm praying for you. Hang in there and be strong.

Linda Hassler, DNP, RN
Linda Hassler, DNP, RN
February 17, 2019 1:06 pm

I have been using this “tour” to teach nurses and nursing students for over ten years. It is a very real experience and “eye opening” simulation.

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