An eight-minute trip into the world of dementia has left people frustrated, in tears or ready to give up.

An eight-minute trip into the world of dementia has left people frustrated, in tears or ready to give up.

Over the past two years, Ron Keller, executive director of the Dublin Retirement Village, has seen many reactions to the Virtual Dementia Tour the company gives to educate people about dementia and Alzheimer's.

"It's an educational program that we do to help educate individuals that are caregivers involved with someone with dementia or Alzheimer's," he said.

"It helps show what the day-to-day world would be like for them so they can have compassion."

Taking care of someone with dementia or Alzheimer's is a difficult and sometimes frustrating job, Keller said, and the monthly educational sessions at the Dublin Retirement Village shows caregivers what the other person is going through.

The Virtual Dementia Tour was developed by P.K. Beville, who founded Second Wind Dreams to spread the program.

According to the nonprofit Second Wind Dreams, "The Virtual Dementia Tour is a scientifically proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia through the use of patented sensory tools and instruction."

Dublin Retirement Village owner Senior Star has spread the program to its facilities.

"It's mandatory for all staff as part of the culture and orientation," Keller said.

But Dublin Retirement Village also offers the one-hour free session to the public as well.

"Why we do this is to truly educate caregivers and family members of those who have dementia," Keller said.

The session includes education and Alzheimer's and dementia before stepping into the shoes of someone with dementia.

To show caregivers what it's like to live with dementia, vision, hearing and touch are altered with sounds, gloves and goggles.

Shoe inserts are given to recreate the pain from neuropathy or arthritis.

Then caregivers are given five simple tasks to complete in eight minutes in one of Dublin Retirement Village's apartments.

"We want them to understand as a caregiver, why they do what they do," Keller said.

"It is to truly educate the public about this disease and what goes on."

In a demonstration for the Dublin Villager, simple tasks were made difficult by taking away sight and touch. Folding laundry was a lengthy and frustrating job.

"I've had so many people say, 'If I only knew,' " Keller said.

The Dublin Retirement Village, 6470 Post Road, has two more Virtual Dementia Tours slated for Nov. 13 and Dec. 11.

The educational session is free, but registration is required and can be completed by calling 614-764-2800.

Keller said a schedule of Virtual Dementia Tours is being slated for 2014.