Valley Park North, CenterWell to host dementia education event

Valley Park North and CenterWell Home Health are teaming up to educate the public about dementia tonight.

The in-service will include a presentation followed by a virtual dementia experience.

The experience will involve completing everyday tasks like opening a pill bottle and buttoning a shirt while wearing gear that would simulate dementia.

Mindy Hovis, home health specialist for CenterWell, said the goal of the exercise is to "try and experience what its like" to have dementia.

Director of Valley Park North Stephanie Easley said it's "so hard for the public to understand" what people with dementia are thinking, including knowing family one day and knowing no one the next day.

"We try to do everything we can for them," Easley said.

Hovis said those with dementia face "a lot of challenges," and hopes people who learn about dementia will develop "empathy and understanding" for dementia patients.

Easley added it is important to inform individuals about dementia since there is no cure and it can onset earlier.

The event will be at 5 p.m. Aug. 29 at Valley Park North Retirement Center, 2631 Fairway Dr. in Fulton.