Can virtual reality be used to bring seniors together? It’s a new concept, seniors exploring the world that virtual reality has to offer. This new form of technology can possibly enhance wellness for seniors.
What is Virtual Reality?
Virtual Reality is a computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment that can be interacted with in a seemingly real or physical way by a person using special electronic equipment, such as a helmet with a screen inside or gloves fitted with sensors.
A virtual reality company in Canada called VRcadia decided to do a pop-up, inviting seniors to try out their technology. Users had the option of walking through foreign virtual cities to taking part in a group meditations online. Many of the seniors were intrigued by this new form of technology, making them to wonder what else is possible.
How Can Virtual Reality Enhance Wellness for Seniors?
Now people are starting to explore how virtual reality can best serve seniors. Technology can be taken further to enhance wellness, especially for those with physical or cognitive challenges brought on by aging.
Developing certain VR experiences can help seniors integrate into the world of technological advances. Certain concepts can open up a whole new world, such as a woman in her 70’s using Google Earth VR. She can revisit the city she was born in Europe, walking down the streets and seeing how much it has changed.
How Can Virtual Reality Empower It’s Users?
There is a program that allows users to explore natural environments and interact with animals along the way. This can create a positive break from daily routine, empowering users. Also, virtual reality opens up the possibility for social interactions. This can help seniors with their cognitive function, allowing for socialization
Many seniors are more open to the possibility of VR controllers, opposed to a keyboard and mouse. It feels more natural to use your hands in a way that are right in front of you and to interact with the world in a way you would expect to.
What Seniors Want?
The next step is testing virtual reality in care homes, which can help seniors in staying active and engaged. The key to developing content is listening to what seniors want by learning what experiences they’re looking for and striving to deliver them.
Virtual reality gives residents of assisted living and senior care communities the ability to enjoy life again. Seeing a long-lost spark return to the eyes of residents through a combination of reminiscence therapy and new experiences, new friendships, and new stories to tell makes it all worthwhile.
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