A non-pharmacological intervention that improves self-esteem and provides older individuals with a sense of fulfillment and comfort as they look back at their lives and converse with others about past experiences.
Photographs, foods, smells, and music can activate reminiscence, but Virtual Reality proves to be a more effective treatment.
A 360-image is highly immersive and can "trick" the brain into interpreting a virtual environment as real life.
VR REMINISCENCE THERAPY
Recalling positive memories reduces stress and anxiety
Lowers blood pressure
Promotes social interaction through conversation
Provides closure for past conflicts
Nostalgia improves one's mood
MyndVR User at the Long Island State Veterans Home - Stony Brook, New York
I liked doing it...When I got launched off that air craft carrier the other day I was looking at everybody and the activity on that deck. Now, I was in the Navy, but I was never on a carrier and that was quite interesting.
President and CEO at The Blakeford - Nashville, Tennessee
In one case, a resident living with Alzheimer's exhibited personality traits she had prior to the diagnosis, including dancing smiling, and singing.
MyndVR User at the Virginian Retirement Community - Fairfax, Virginia
I couldn't believe that I really was seeing the pictures that I used to see with my dad and I actually was in the middle of it all.
Our memories of the distant past are opaque, but they still reside in our brains and VR can unlock those memories that we can so greatly benefit from.