Virtual reality (VR) for seniors is a topic I write about a lot. I think it’s one of the cooler 50+ technologies, especially when it’s used to break up boredom for older adults, keep their minds engaged and make them feel connected. Other possible applications are in the research stage for pain and stress management as well as dementia.
At a tech meeting in Boston, I met the founders of Rendever, a VR company started in 2015 by two M.I.T. grad students. When they began explaining how it works with senior, I gave them that glazed over look.
So, they handed me a pair of special VR goggles and I “visited” the U.S. national parks, a Paris café (skipped the latte) and my house and neighborhood. It was thrilling! I’m saving the white water rafting adventure for next time.
Through VR, infirm adults unable to take a family vacation with grandkids can, through VR technology, “go on” the trip in real time without leaving assisted living.
I am so sold! As the technology improves, its uses will expand. In the meantime, it’s a trend to keep an eye on (pun intended).
Here are two VR stories I’ve written:
How would you like to see VR used with older adults? And this older adult wonders if I can use it with my grandsons who live 3,000 miles away. . .