The Need For Virtual Reality In Senior Living Communities

January 29, 2019

There are many reasons for deploying virtual reality for seniors in assisted living communities.

 

As technology advances, it is our duty to finds ways to implement new innovations to benefit the lives of others.

 

In the case of virtual reality, specifically, there is a defined demographic that may be able to greatly benefit from these such advancements, even more so than others.
 

This audience is non-other than our beloved seniors living in community homes.

 

This demographic is in the perfect position to potentially reap the optimal benefits of this new technology in their day-to-day lives.

 

With the many different use-cases in the hands of our seniors, it is clear that VR for the elderly will likely see increasingly greater adoption in the near future.

 

Let’s discuss 3 reasons for why this is the case.

 

 

 

Cognitive Health Benefits With VR For Seniors

 

The aging process can be attributed to two main modes of deterioration: psychological and physiological.

 

With the latter, there are many prescribed methodologies to postpone, delay, and slow the process of physical decline.

 

This includes prescription drugs, medication, exercise, and more.

 

But the former is what is lacking.

 

As the years go by and research becomes more in-depth, we have begun to see the many different mental health issues that arise through the process of aging.

 

These issues include diseases like Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other symptoms of cognitive decline such as memory loss.

 

The therapeutic measures currently in place to combat and postpone these eventual diagnoses are few.

 

However, with the advancement of technology and thorough research into the subject, virtual reality has shown to be one such measure that may successfully aid in the longevity of a sharp mind.

 

For seniors, VR may lead to increased cognitive function and may decrease the incidence of various physiological maladies in many elderly patients.

 

VR For The Elderly Creates Meaningful Experiences

 

As we know, physical limitations become increasingly more restricting the older we get.

 

Far too often do our bodies give in well before our mental capabilities would suggest.

 

However, with the implementation of VR, just because our bodies become wheelchair bound or bedridden doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the same experiences that we used to.

 

Virtual reality gives the ability for a user to be transported to a place where their bodies can no longer physically go.

 

This ability allows seniors to enjoy the experiences they love most – from the very comfort of their own community home.

 

By doing this, it puts the participants beyond the limitations of their own bodies to create a meaningful experience that was once impossible without this ground-breaking technology.

 

Truly, these experiences are priceless.

 

Smiles On Faces

 

Virtual reality provides another reason for joy and laughter in a senior living home.

 

It provides a completely new, immersive environment that is MUCH different than simply reading the newspaper or watching television.

 

It’s a fresh, new conversation piece.

 

And its implementations are endless.

 

With VR, there are infinite worlds you can visit and experiences you can create.

 

The sheer variety of paths you can explore and situations you can put yourself in are enough to put a smile on your face.

 

The possibilities of virtual reality and the engaging nature of this technology can help lead healthier, happier lives to its users.

 

And as such, one may associate this with reduced mortality among the elderly and senior community.

 

In Summary

 

In summary, there is a greater need to implement virtual reality in the daily lives of our senior citizens.

 

There are a slew of cognitive health benefits and meaningful experiences that can be explored with its implementation – not to mention the general happiness and joy that are bound to result in its use.  

 

As such, the best place to start is within assisted living communities.

 

Here, we have the ability to provide access to these health measures to the ones who need it most.

 

To learn more about the benefits of virtual reality for seniors, please visit our press page to explore our work in the news.

 

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