Blurred vision, constant pain, sensitive hearing – these are just some of the many painful side effects of suffering from dementia.
Sounds awful, doesn’t it?

The Mobile Virtual Dementia Tour is the first in Britain to offer people the chance to walk in the shoes of dementia sufferers by mimicking their everyday experiences. The aim is to gain a greater understanding of what life is like for those suffering from dementia.

The tour takes away people's primary senses, making them experience the fear and frustration dementia sufferers go through.

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Managing director Glenn Knight, who is hoping to take the tour across the country, described dementia as the body outliving the brain.

His aim for the tour, based in a converted lorry with a tent attached, is to show that a person with dementia is not challenging or aggressive.

He said: "People experience absolutely everything that dementia sufferers go through.

"We put insoles into their shoes to represent peripheral neuropathy where the nerve endings die in your feet and in your hands."

Peripheral neuropathy is a term for damage or disease affecting people's nerves.

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He added "It makes people with dementia, elderly people, and especially people with diabetes walk with what's known as a shuffling gait.

"If you think about walking across a pebbly beach with no shoes on, that's pretty much what it would feel like.

"This is why people with dementia walk around with no shoes on, shuffle when they walk, and constantly sit down - because they're in pain."

Mr Knight added: "Dementia is one of the leading causes of death in this country.  On its own dementia killed more than 34,000 women in the UK in 2014. In England and Wales it kills more women than breast cancer."

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