Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Virtual Alzheimer's tour on Friday

The Halls Senior Center on Friday will host a “virtual Alzheimer's tour,” a hand-on experience to help participants understand the physical and mental challenges facing those who suffer from the disease or other forms of dementia, according to a county release.

During the tour, which runs from 1-4 p.m., participants' vision, hearing and other sense will be distorted to stimulate the effects of the disease as they try to complete simple instructions and tasks. In addition, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett will visit the facility at 2 p.m. to meet with the public.

Alzheimer's Tennessee, Inc. will conduct the tour. The Halls Senor Center is located at 4405 Crippen Road.

The tour is not recommended for those who have Alzheimer's disease, but rather designed to help caregivers, family members and friends better understand what it is like to live with the disease.

The senior center is still accepting reservations for the tour. Those interested should call 865-922-0416.

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