Dementia First Hand

A groundbreaking bilingual resource to educate people about and raise awareness of dementia.

Dementia First Hand – A Virtual Reality Journey into Empathy and Understanding

Dementia is a largely hidden condition affecting many of us as we grow older, with friends and family supporting unconditionally. There is a lack of understanding and provision within the wider community

Dementia First Hand is a groundbreaking virtual reality project, commissioned by Gwynedd Council, to provide a firsthand experience of living with dementia. In collaboration with Dementia Friends and with insights gained from focus groups involving individuals living with dementia and their caregivers, Galactig has crafted an immersive VR experience.

The project aims to foster empathy, understanding, and compassion for individuals facing the challenges of dementia by allowing users to step into their shoes through an immersive VR experience.

The project holds a special emphasis on bilingual inclusivity, catering to both English and Welsh speakers. Galactig’s commitment to excellence is further exemplified by its recognition as VR Awards finalists in 2018.

Design and Development:

Galactig’s development team meticulously researched and collaborated with healthcare professionals, incorporating feedback from real-life focus groups involving individuals living with dementia and their carers. The VR experience authentically mirrors the challenges faced by those with dementia, ensuring a true-to-life encounter.

The project’s commitment to inclusivity is reflected in its bilingual design, catering to both Welsh and English speakers. With funding from Welsh Government’s Cymraeg 2050, the importance of the Welsh language was vital in shaping the overall experience, contributing to a more comprehensive and culturally sensitive portrayal of living with dementia.


Dementia First Hand has found applications in various settings, including:

  • Caregiver Training: Healthcare professionals and caregivers use the VR experience to enhance their understanding of dementia, fostering improved care practices and communication skills.
  • Community Engagement: Showcased in community events and awareness programs, Dementia First Hand has become a powerful tool for educating the public and reducing stigma surrounding dementia.
  • Award-Winning Recognition: Galactig’s commitment to excellence was acknowledged when Dementia First Hand earned a spot as a VR Awards finalist in 2018, highlighting the project’s impact and innovation.

Galactig envisions expanding the project by introducing additional scenarios, languages, and accessibility features, ensuring an even broader reach and impact. We remain committed to advancing dementia awareness and care through innovative VR experiences.


Oculus Rift




Coming soon to Meta Quest with additional scenarios.