Virtual Dementia Experience

The multi-award winning Virtual Dementia Experience™ (VDE™) is an immersive, interactive virtual reality experience that invades the senses and takes people into the world of a person living with dementia. A VDE™ session takes the participant through a multi-sensory simulation using light, sound, colour and visual content to immerse you into the lived experience of a person with dementia.

Created in collaboration with Melbourne game developers, Opaque Multimedia, in consultation with carers, people with dementia and our educators, the VDE™ is an innovative use of game technology to deliver experiential learning aimed at increasing empathy. 

This 2 hour workshop enables participants to understand the environmental elements that are friendly or hostile, by allowing them to experience a home environment in the same way a person with dementia would. Participants are encouraged to reflect on their own approach to dementia support and to think about ways in which they can make their own environments more supportive.

On completion of this session you will:

have an improved understanding of what it may be like to live with dementia
have developed more empathy with people living with dementia and their carers
have gained an understanding of the impact of the environment on people with dementia
be prompted to consider enhancements to the environment and support for people living with dementia


Book online for the next Virtual Dementia Experience.

If you are interested in a Virtual Dementia Experience workshop for your workplace or wish to further discuss your training needs and get an obligation free quote, contact the Centre for Dementia Learning 1300 DEMENTIA (1300 336 368) or email [email protected]


Additionally, Dementia Australia Vic is consistently invited to present the technology at multiple international conferences;

Media Coverage

SBS (Audio) Dancing with Dementia

ABC: (Audio) I/V on Catalyst with Dr Tanya Petrovich - Powering the mind

The Guardian: Virtual tour offers insight into world of people with dementia

iTWire: Virtual Dementia – see things through their eyes

Serious gaming encourages dementia friendly design

Virtual Dementia Experience™ recognised with prestigious Victorian Public Healthcare Award

National iAward for Virtual Dementia Experience – ‘Serious games’ a Victorian education innovation in technology winner

Virtual Dementia Experience wins international award for education and technology

Dementia Australia Vic’s Virtual Dementia Experience