Chapter 15: Neurocognitive Disorders

Experience 12 Minutes in Alzheimer's Dementia


Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and impairment of other cognitive abilities (such as learning, decision-making, or language) serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases of dementia, termed neurocognitive disorder in DSM-5. The brains of patients with neurocognitive disorder due to Alzheimer’s disease usually show atrophy—in the form of neuron and synapse loss with plaques and tangles—in several areas. Particularly hard hit are areas that mediate memory, including the medial temporal lobe, hippocampus, entorhinal cortex, and parahippocampal gyrus. But what is a loved one with Alzheimer's disease actually going through? A 12-minute virtual Alzheimer's tour reveals more than you ever imagined. The Virtual Dementia Tour is a, hands-on, experiential tool kit created for anyone seeking to understand the physical and mental challenges of those suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia. The virtual dementia program was developed by P. K. Beville of Second Wind Dreams, which focuses on those living in eldercare communities or in hospice care. Run Time: 8:03