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How Virtual Reality is Helping Older Adults

As our loved ones continue to age, they may not be as active as they once were or would like to be. This can not only lead to a plethora of health issues, it can also incite feelings of sadness, loneliness, and depression. In recent time however, senior facilities have found a way to help combat these issues by using an unlikely source, virtual reality (VR).


Virtual reality, according to Tech Target, is 3D simulated environment which enables users to interact within a virtual surrounding in a way that mimics reality. Users typically wear a head set or goggles to engage in the experience and can interact in an individual or group setting. These experiences allow a user to explore the world without leaving the comfort of their home.


For example, in the real world, a senior may be unable to travel due to mobility, health issues or financial reasons. A VR device may allow them the opportunity to visit somewhere they always dreamed, like Paris! In some cases, seniors have also visited their childhood homes which bring back memories of nostalgia.


This technology also helps to allow the user to engage in current events as well. For example, family or loved one can record an event such as a wedding or graduation and the user can attend virtually, as if they haven’t missed a beat. Other features include mediation and breathing exercise which can help with a senior’s overall well-being.


While senior citizens are likely the last demographic one would associate with such cutting-edge technology, it is clear that they are reaping the benefits.





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