LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Dozens of East Texans experienced first-hand, what it's like to live with Alzheimer's and dementia.
The Zeta Phi Beta sorority, Sigma Tau Zeta Chapter, held a workshop Saturday at Lewis-Toran retirement center in Lufkin that featured a virtual tour.
Participants would put on gloves, goggles and ear plugs.
This was to allow others to experience what it's like to live with the sensory impairment that often accompanies these debilitating diseases.
Participates would then try to do everyday tasks like folding clothes, buttoning a shirt and writing.
"When you have an obstacle in the way, it puts a lot of things in perspective for someone who has to deal with these issues on a day-to-day basis," Shaterra Johnson-Fairley, the president of Sigma Tau Zeta chapter said.
This event is a part of the sorority's national elder care initiative, which works to bring awareness to geriatric issues.
The workshop also had presenters give educational information about how to take care of someone living with these disabilities.