The Advanced Virtual Dementia Experience (ADVDE) is the extension to the award winning Virtual Dementia Experience (VDE). ADVDE marks the first use of virtual reality (VR) technologies in the aged care setting. Through the use of cutting-edge virtual reality technologies, the ADVDE immerse users in the effects of aging and dementia, so that cognitively intact people can gain a glimpse into the world of someone living with dementia.
ADVDE was created in Melbourne by Opaque Multimedia, who developed the virtual experience in close collaboration with Alzheimer’s Australia Vic, based the stories drawn directly from people living with dementia as well as their families and carers.
The goal of ADVDE is to engender an empathic understanding of dementia, which is very difficult to achieve through conventional education. By fully immersing the participants in a virtual reality, we allow them to physically experience what it might be like to have dementia and in doing so, gain a better appreciation of the difficulties that face people living with dementia in their daily lives.
The interactive experience is controlled by a facilitator capable of changing aspects of the environment to highlight particular points and promote discussion and understanding among participants.