Dementia Simulation House
UNI’s gerontology program has created an innovative hands-on learning experience for campus and the community in the Dementia Simulation House, a home where individuals use goggles, headphones and gloves to experience what it’s like to live with dementia.
Our team focuses on educating individuals about Alzheimer's and other dementias, increasing empathy for those living with dementia, and empowering care partners. Whether you know someone living with dementia or you are just curious to learn more, we would love to have you schedule a time to visit us!
Schedule an Individual Session
Interested in having your group experience what it is like to live with dementia and learn ways to better serve those living with dementia? Please click the "Schedule a Group Session" button below, fill out the form, and we'll help find a time to accommodate your group. We look forward to working with you!
Please reach out to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Iowa’s only dementia simulation house, run by UNI gerontology, helps increase empathy
“People with dementia are directly and negatively impacted when people around them don't understand dementia. So when you make sure that people understand dementia a little bit more and just some basics of how to communicate with someone with dementia, it really improves the quality of life for people with dementia.” --Megan Zimmerman, '20
In the News
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Iowa City Press-Citizen
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UNI simulation house helps visitors gain understanding of what it’s like to live with dementia
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Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier
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