UTEP Holds Dementia Simulation Exercise

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POSTED: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 5:20pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 1:32pm

EL PASO - Sometimes, a loved one gets sick and we have no idea what they're going through. That can especially be the case with a disease like Alzheimer's.

Today, UTEP's nursing school held a simulation exercise to change that. They invited members of the media to go through a "virtual dementia tour", wherein people got to experience first-hand, what Alzheimer's patients go through. Symptoms of Alzheimer's include: hearing and vision problems, as well as memory loss.

UTEP professor Sharon Pierson, said the exercise is important because so many Americans suffer from the disease.

"The older you get, the more likely you are to have Alzheimer's...and we know that 5.4 million Americans now are suffering from Alzheimer's and we expect that one out of every two people over the age of 85 will have Alzheimer's disease by the year 2050," said Pierson.

Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that causes memory problems. It's the sixth leading cause of death in this country.

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This is a very interesting exercise. Though we won’t be able to completely understand what patients with Alzheimers go through, we can try to understand the causes. The Alzheimers Research and Prevention Foundation has a number of resources covering the 4 Pillars of Alzheimers Prevention (Exercise, Diet, Stress management, and medicines) at www.alzheimersprevention.org. Thanks for sharing!

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