KVRR News, Fargo, ND.
KVRR News, Fargo, ND.
KVRR on Twitter KVRR on Facebook

Simulation Helps Students Understand Dementia



Bookmark and Share

Valley City State University is offering a way to better learn about dementia.
 
It's a unique program that helps students understand what their elders might be going through. 
 
Assistant Psychology professor Katie Woehl prepared one of her students for an eye-opening simulation.
 
"Set the table for three, fill the pitcher with water, and put in the fridge," said Woehl.

Students are made to wear items that restrict their senses and imitate common symptoms of old age.

Colored goggles make it hard to see, gloves inhibit their sense of touch, shoe inserts are used to imitate foot pain, and headphones blast sirens, white noise, and random chatter into their ears to confuse them.

They are then given simple tasks like setting the table and making the bed but more often than not they forget the instructions or are very slow in completing them.

"It's really hard to put into words but I guess the best way to describe it would be confusing and very frustrating," said VCSU Senior Jordan Aus.
 
It's the second time Woehl has used the program she bought with a grant from the university to use in her abnormal psychology class.

She says it's a way to teach students about dementia, a term used to describe a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life, in a way a textbook cannot.
 
"It's one thing to hear about how somebody might have pain in their feet as they age or how their vision might change or how they are confused and can't remember things as well but when you put somebody who's usually in their 20s in that position where they can't remember five simple things it really goes gives them that unique perspective," said Woehl.
  
"You can kind of gain a little bit...a smaller scale perspective of what they have to experience and it kind of makes you appreciate what you have," said VCSU Junior Scott Westby.
 
An educational moment that promises to go beyond the lecture into real life.
 
"If I ever have to work with someone with dementia I will...I can't say I'll fully understand their situation but I'll definitely have a grasp of what they're going through," said Aus.
  
The class is taught every fall at VCSU.


     

Blind Man Runs 11,000 Miles For Hope  story with video

An Illinois man is making a stop in the Fargo area to run 91 miles.  "One ...

Semi Rollover Near Moorhead

It was a scary situation for a semi driver when his truck rolled over just ...

Suspect in Officer Death, A Career Criminal

The suspect in the killing has an extensive criminal record.  Authorities say ...

Three People Plead Guilty in Lottery Scam  Jul. 31

6-Year Sentence for Scissors Attack  Jul. 31

Duluth Man Arrested in Daughter's Suffocation Death  Jul. 31

NDGF Wildlife Chief Plans to Retire  Jul. 31

ND Ag Coalition Opposes Oil Tax Fund  Jul. 31

Resolution to Commemorate Statehood  Jul. 31

$725,000 Renovation To DL Community Center  Jul. 30

Edgewood Estates Project Meeting  Jul. 30

Fargo Real Estate Agent Pleads Guilty  Jul. 30

BNSF Puts the Brakes on Train Speed Dispute  Jul. 30

Plan to Appeal Dismissal Against Waseca Teen  Jul. 30

Fargo Man Pleads Not Guilty  Jul. 30

Police Chase In West Fargo (VIDEO)  story with video  Jul. 30

Becker County Fair Kicks-Off  Jul. 30

ND Boy's Fish Might Be World Record  Jul. 30

Watering Ban Warning for West Fargo  Jul. 30

Oil Spill Near Ross, ND  Jul. 30

North Dakota Woman Charged in Horse Death Case  Jul. 30

Law Enforcement Takes Part in 'I-90/94 Challenge'  Jul. 30

25th Paul Howry Golf Tournament  Jul. 30

KVRR News Archive
     

Fargo Real Estate Agent Pleads Guilty

A Fargo real estate agent accused of stealing more than $50,000 in cash and ...

North Dakota Woman Charged in Horse Death Case

A rural Kathryn, North Dakota woman charged with ...

Police Chase In West Fargo (VIDEO)  story with video

A man is in custody after police say he rammed a squad car while trying to ...

Edgewood Estates Project Meeting  Jul. 30

25th Paul Howry Golf Tournament  Jul. 30

Fargo Man Pleads Not Guilty  Jul. 30

Watering Ban Warning for West Fargo  Jul. 30

ND Boy's Fish Might Be World Record  Jul. 30

KVRR News Archive