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Jul 09 2018 - 12:00am
VR Helps Seniors Explore the World Beyond the Assisted Living Center

Virtual reality (VR) has promise beyond just video gaming for kids. New research is pioneering VR experiences for senior citizens. Since people often lose mobility as they get older, they can no longer explore the world, but through VR, anyone can regain the sense of wonderment through exploration.

Visual is a company that specializes in wellness VR experiences for senior citizens. The technology allows people with limited mobility to visit a beach, attend a symphony, or even take a trip under the sea. Researchers noted that the seniors who used the VR were more sociable with friends and family.

The early tests left seniors wanting more VR interactions, performances, or other actions, such as riding a rollercoaster. How can we further incorporate this technology into lifelong learning? Add your voice to the discussion on Vialogues

Excerpts from the discussion:

@02:30 Sara Hardman: Via many mediums, technology has been shown to reduce isolation in older populations. I'm not sure if an individual using VR would help in this area, but I think that a group of people experiencing VR together would help create bonds or at least conversations, reducing the feeling of loneliness.

@03:33 Dallas Milanovich: I think that having this collective opportunity leads to more conversations between seniors who have shared it - it adds a new dimension to their life to talk about, a new conversation starter.

Posted in: New Learning TimesVialogues|By: Ryan Allen|53 Reads