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forward to gaining increased insight and knowledge within our industry to embrace innovation and best serve our residents now and in the future. What we offer these institutions is an excellent platform for interested researchers to access willing seniors for research purposes. Also, we hope that through these expansive efforts, we can continue to bridge the gap between youth and seniors. We embarked on building a dementia experience that could offer team members some understanding into the resident’s world by leveraging virtual reality (VR) technology. The viewpoint of the 4-minute simulation, using a 360-degree headset, was from a person living with dementia being approached to have morning care completed. We piloted this experience on 150 team members from Ontario and Alberta. After participating, Seasons team members understood the importance of slowing down during care and offering an empathetic approach. Without it, the wrong approach can quickly become overwhelming, frightening, and frustrating.

Some of their feedback included statements such as: > “This has shown me a new, wonderful way of caring.” > “This will benefit my entire career, patience is very important.” > “For [people living with dementia], their frustration is their reality. I see the importance of the positive physical approach which helps initiate that connection to provide comfort and reassurance.” What's new: Seasons partnered with The Centre for Elder Research to develop a new design relaxation ‘den’ for residents. The Centre for Elder Research at Sheridan College recently partnered with Seasons Retirement Communities to explore the use of technology in design for a new and improved ‘den,’ a quiet space for relaxation, reminiscence, and social connection, specifically for residents with dementia or other cognitive impairments living in specialized memory care areas within the homes.

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