Did you know that virtual reality (VR) has been proven to better the mental health of others? When you think of VR you might just think of gaming and entertainment, but it is very prevalent in treating mental illnesses as well.
VR has been used to treat mental illnesses such as PTSD since the early 1990s, and we are currently in a new era of VR therapy with more and more research that highlights the significant benefits of VR for mental health. Today, VR is used to treat phobias, addiction, depression, and even dementia.
Here at Viva Vita, we are especially interested in the numerous benefits VR provides for patients with dementia or Alzheimer's, and with over 300 studies conducted on VR and mental health in recent years, there is a strong increase in data to solidify VR’s benefits.
VR experiences that display an environment of a beach, hillside, mountains, etc. can help seniors recall memories from specific locations that they might not have been able to recall otherwise. The patient experiences strong mental stimulation that is not otherwise encountered. Not only did the patients experience stimulation from reminiscing on their newfound memories, but the stimulation resulted in an increased positive mood.
Viva Vita has also found this to be true with our clients. In a recent VR session we conducted, 89% of our VR participants expressed that their mind and senses were stimulated after their sessions.
VR enables stimulation of the mind for seniors to recall memories, resulting in an enhanced mood and social interaction.
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