Runk & Pratt introduces a space to combat dementia and Alzheimer's disease

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) – In the ongoing struggle against Alzheimer's and dementia, a local company has found a way to raise the fog even if only for a moment

"We wanted to do something special here and we wanted to do something different," said Chris Runk, creative director at Runk and Pratt.

The new Snoezelen room at Pearls of Life at Liberty Ridge is the third room in Runk and Pratt that offers a new kind of treatment.

"This room creates a quiet place for that resident, where they are able to sit and visit with them for 45 minutes at the time, and for a family member who is very comforting," says Runk.

Dementia and Alzheimer's gradually deteriorate the brain, often causing restlessness and changing behaviors.

Everything in this room is here to relax the person, hoping to temporarily break the chains of the disease.

"We have documented evidence at our other buildings, where the chambers have been a little longer, that the drugs prescribed by the doctors have been reduced by 40-60% because they are in a state of calm," Runk said .

When this happens, families can sometimes glimpse life before the disease.

Runk explains that this "allows them to leave the realm of being a caregiver and return to the realm of being a son or a daughter".

The room also has interactive displays to help stimulate the mind.

They are engaged in research and we hope to find a cure, since Chris Runk's grandmother suffers from the harrowing disease.

The room is so popular among its residents and staff, they actually plan to build another room just like, in the same building.