New Virtual Reality Immersive Learning Lab on Lewy Body Dementia with Parkinson’s Disease Transforms Health Care Training and Family Caregiver Education

The Dima Lab offers holistic, culturally sensitive real-world experience of a Muslim woman’s care transition.

As the leader in immersive virtual reality (VR) health care training and education, Embodied Labs today announced The Dima Lab where learners embody a Lebanese-American Muslim woman with Lewy body dementia (LBD) with symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD) to gain firsthand experience of the care transition challenges for Dima and her family.

“We’re excited to debut our latest Lab focusing on Lewy body dementia, a neurodegenerative disorder that affects 1 million Americans as well as Parkinson’s disease where there are 60,000 new cases each year,” said Carrie Shaw, CEO and co-founder of Embodied Labs. “Our mission is to contextualize health care diagnoses and care by transforming the training and education for both professional and family caregivers. Our Labs take learners from a passive to an active role where we literally put them into the shoes of the person with the disease. This holistic approach creates enhanced understanding, empathy and ultimately better quality of care.”

Virtual Reality May Help High School and Medical Students Experience Life with Dementia First Hand

Technology may improve understanding and empathy for older adults.

Virtual reality technology gives high school students greater insight into what it’s like to be Alfred — a 74-year-old African American man with suspected mild cognitive impairment (MCI), plus age-related vision and hearing loss, or Beatriz, a middle-aged Latina, as she progresses through the continuum of Alzheimer’s disease.

By experiencing aspects of someone else’s journey, the students may gain a better understanding of, and empathy for, older adults and their struggles with dementia. Details of the virtual reality learning program were reported today at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2018 in Chicago.