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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Dementia Live® Experience

To elevate care, compassion and empathy for those living with dementia, we must first gain an understanding of how the individual with dementia feels. The Dementia Live® program provides this unique “inside-out” perspective by allowing participants to experience for themselves, the day to day challenges of their world.

What is Dementia Live®

Dementia Live® is an experience that immerses participants into what life might be like living with cognitive impairment and sensory change.  Utilizing specialized gear that simulates dementia specific changes that include altered eyesight, hearing and tactile sensation, this safe experience is a powerful and effective tool to strengthen care partner's understanding of and empathy for their residents. 

Immediately following the the Live Experience will be the Empowerment Phase of Dementia Live®. Participants are given the time, space and guided discussion to consider, understand and learn from their Experience. 

Empowerment discussions are essential for transforming into new and better dementia care-partnering practices.

Sensory Changes Associated with Aging and Dementia

Our ability to take in and respond to incoming sensory data changes over time.  What we see, hear, touch and feel, smell, and taste changes with age even without the effects of dementia.  Simply put, we take in and process differently as we age. 


Vision is a vital sense that changes greatly during the course of dementia.  The individual's field of vision becomes increasingly narrow as the disease progresses.  This affects not only their personal space but also their productive space.


Hearing sounds and understanding those sounds are two different abilities.   A person with dementia may hear and recognize the tone, pitch and volume of a persons' words, but they process the words more slowly in which they may come across as garbled, distorted and meaningless.  Increasing the volume of your voice or background noise can make it worse.


Tactile processing includes stimulation associated with touching and stimulation associated with being touched.  The more compromised the brain, the more compromised the sensory processing and the less able a person is able to "feel".

The Dementia Live® experience provides participants with a real-life simulation of these and other sensory changes that are associated with dementia.

Come join us for a Dementia Live® Experience

Gain a first hand understanding of the anxiety, isolation, frustration, confusion and more.  Dementia Live® Experience will uniquely walk participants through an empowering simulation for caregivers and provide tools to improve communication, care processes, and the environment.


Please plan on a maximum of two hours for the full experience.

Ontario Tech University
2000 Simcoe Street North,
Oshawa, Ontario L1G 0C5

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$10 per person or $15 for two people

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