STEVENSVILLE — There’s no real way to know what goes on in another person’s mind, and that’s exponentially true for people with dementia. As their health declines, they lose what allows them to communicate their own experiences.

But now, there’s a nonprofit that’s created an exercise – the Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT) – that it believes provides a window into the dementia experience. It hopes it can improve the lives of patients suffering from brain disorders.

An 8-minute glimpse into dementia

Activity assistant/CNA Yvonne Wood, at left and Deb Ersland, a volunteer with Spectrum Health Lakeland, wear heavy gloves as they attempt a variety of dexterity tasks during Virtual Dementia Tour training at Pine Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Stevensville. 

An 8-minute glimpse into dementia

Activity assistant/CNA Yvonne Wood, at left and Deb Ersland, a volunteer with Spectrum Health Lakeland, wear gloves, darkened glasses and headphones as they take part in Virtual Dementia Tour training at Pine Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Stevensville.