Mason, Texas…It’s a happening place. We have hunting, an annual donkey race & the national gem of Texas, the topaz. Now we offer something new. It’s called the Virtual Dementia Tour or VDT. Second Wind Dreams developed this tour & is committed to change the perception of aging. P.K. Beville is the creator of VDT & has stated that “the greatest form of respect we can give is to walk in someone else’s shoes”. VDT is a scientifically proven method of simulating a state of dementia that was designed to build sensitivity & awareness in individuals caring for those with dementia. Previously, I worked as a home health nurse & I thought dementia was more about forgetfulness than anything else. After personally taking this tour, I could see how wrong I was & that dementia is a physical, as well as, mental challenge. Dementia is a general term that can only describe a group of symptoms. I can’t fully know what it is like to have dementia, but this tour gave me a true window into the condition & I want to promote a deeper awareness in our community by sharing this experience with others who care for those suffering from dementia. Check out the actual video of Dr. Jim Sears experiencing the tour & his comments on www.secondwind.org the official website for Second Wind Dreams. Mason’s free VDT event is this Thursday, August 18th from 10 to 2. You can experience this tour yourself. It only takes about 15 minutes of your time. To schedule a personal tour, call Ann Scarth, Wesley Nurse, at 347-5983. The reason we are scheduling people individually is to avoid a line & insure everyone gets to experience this opportunity. The event will be held at The Wildlife Ranch at 101 College Street, site of the former Mason nursing home. A big thank you to Jim Schmidt for his generosity in providing the site for this event!