Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. Now you can do just that. Immersive Virtual Reality (VR) allows you to embody a first-person perspective of someone living with Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, vision and hearing loss, Parkinson’s Disease or facing end-of-life decisions and hospice care. By experiencing aspects of someone else’s journey, participants gain a better understanding of, and empathy for, older adults and their struggles. This experience is now available in our community.

Kreisher Marshall & Associates, LLC is proud to partner with Embodied Labs to bring this state-of-the-art, immersive VR training to our area. Embodied Labs has created authentic, meaningful virtual reality narratives powered by embodied and experiential learning theories. They use an innovative combination of filmmaking, software development, educational design, and interactive media to create engaging experiences. The VR experience allows you to improve the way in which you view the world through the perspectives of your clients, patients, parents, community members, or residents. You develop empathy and understanding of what older adults are experiencing. Now, you can truly get to walk a mile in the shoes of the older adult.

Kreisher Marshall & Associates, LLC will be presenting one of the labs each quarter throughout the next year. It is our way of giving back and providing education to our community. The first lab that we will be featuring is the Beatriz Lab – where you embody a woman living with Alzheimers – from early to late stages. You will discover how to transform your involvement and knowledge as a caregiver, advocate, or community member. This lab experience explores common questions about providing care for individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease:

  • Is memory the only area impacted by Alzheimer’s Disease? What other abilities or parts of the brain are affected?
  • Why am I having trouble communicating? It seems like my words are not “registering.”
  • How do I make sense of the changed behaviors that I see?
  • How do I provide healthy support and foster independence with their care?
  • Is there any quality of life with Alzheimer’s Disease?
  • I often feel overwhelmed? How do I get support? What is respite?

If you are interested in this VR experience, please call our office to reserve your space for one of the upcoming offerings. Sessions will be held at Kreisher Marshall & Associates, LLC at 401 S. Market St., Bloomsburg, PA. Space is limited to 10 people for each session.

  • Thursday February 6 at 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday February 25 at 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday March 11 at 6:00 pm
  • Thursday March 19 at 4:00 pm

Certified Elder Law Attorney Marianne E. Kreisher is the managing member of Kreisher Marshall & Associates, LLC. KMA is the only law firm with certified elder law attorneys in Columbia and Montour Counties. They offer evening and home visits. KMA can be reached at (570) 784-5211.