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Allen County Sheriff Dept. goes through dementia training

Allen County Sheriff's Department is learning what it takes to deal with people who have dementia.

Posted: Jul 10, 2019 6:42 PM
Updated: Jul 11, 2019 8:30 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Officers are experiencing this through virtual reality at Coventry Meadows Assisted Living.

The goal of the training is to give officers understanding of people who have it when they come in contact with them.

The officers wear glasses, gloves, and headphones that give them a feeling of what it's like to have the condition.

"I've been in the department for quite a few years, but I never realized that's what they had in their head or that's what they could see. You treated them kindly, but you didn't realize exactly what they were going through,” Detective Randy Morrison said.

"We have so many silver alerts and things like that happening all across the nation.
It's important for them to understand how to relate to someone who has dementia to communicate and get them to safety,” Samantha Goheen, memory support specialist at Coventry Meadows Assisted Living said.

The training will also be open to the public within the upcoming months.

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