At nursing homes across the country, seniors are testing out virtual reality systems. The device fits on a senior’s face like large swimming goggles and can make the participant feel like they are somewhere else, perhaps scuba diving or downhill skiing.
The company, MyndVR hopes that the technology will help seniors with dementia. They have tested the technology by setting seniors up with the headset and then setting them in an office chair. By slowly twirling the chair, MyndVR creates a panoramic effect.
The hope is that the technology will reduce depression and agitation and allow seniors to feel connected to the world although they likely cannot travel. However, there is also concern that seniors may become more agitated if they can no longer distinguish between the virtual world and real world. This is another example of companies recognizing that the needs of the aging baby boomer generation are not always adequately met by traditional technology. Hopefully innovation will continue to make aging easier.