Group of seniors using VR headsets

The Role of Virtual Reality 

Enhancing the Lives of Seniors

Virtual reality (VR) technology creates a visually stimulating environment for the user with an appealing, unique reality. Take a walk along the beach, explore an art museum, or travel to one of the greatest wonders of the world, with VR the experiences are endless. 

 

How does it work? Take a step into a different destination with our goggle-like display system, completely covering the eyes. Once the headset is activated, the user is placed in a new setting. The headset detects head movement, allowing the user to be fully immersed in the experience. Simply move the head left or right to discover the surroundings. Not only is VR visually stimulating, but our VR headsets produce audio for a more engaging and realistic experience. ​

 

Since its invention in 1957, VR’s main function has been for entertainment, providing users with video and gaming experiences. However, since the 1990s, VR has been a new avenue for medical and military training as well as treatment for different mental illnesses through VR therapy. With hundreds of research conducted on VR’s mental health benefits, Viva Vita took the initiative to incorporate VR into care for seniors, making their lives more engaging. With Viva Vita’s VR headsets, we encourage seniors to Live Life! 

The Benefits

Enriched Cognitive Stimulation

Brain stimulation is crucial to keeping the mind, body, and spirit healthy, especially for seniors in retirement communities. With the increasing number of individuals retiring each year, nursing homes are utilizing technology more and more to boost brain stimulation and better mental health.

After conducting a recent study on virtual reality, The US National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health reported that a combination of physical and cognitive activity can lead to an improvement in cognitive health in seniors. The study concluded that VR could be implemented for cognition enhancement in older adults, especially those with mild cognitive impairment (MCI).

Heightened Quality of Life 

With VR, seniors can uncover a new environment while remaining in the comfort of their home, avoiding any physical strain. Whether it's to take a walk on the beach or visit a favorite location, users have the opportunity to explore based on their personal preferences. Along with exploratory experiences, users also discover VR together, connecting multiple headsets to a single experience and increasing community and social interaction. 

Engaging Physical Exercise

VR is also often used in the promotion of exercise among older adults. With a fun interactive environment, there are more incentives to exercise or participate in physical therapy.

Immersive Reminiscence Therapy

One of the greatest aspects of VR is reflecting on the past. With the ability to travel anywhere in the world, users can visit familiar places or their favorite spot in nature. VR allows seniors to travel and generate positive feelings of nostalgia from the visits.

Improved Medical Outcomes 

Documented through numerous medical studies, the medical community now knows that greater day-to-day quality of life, frequent physical exercise, increased opportunities for fellowship and socialization, and positive mental health practices all work to improve general medical outcomes for individuals at any age. 

The power of virtual reality provides these opportunities for anyone and everyone to enjoy a healthier and happier life! 

 

Whether it's visiting a favorite location around the world, learning in an immersive environment, or just relaxing on a virtual beach, VR is a positive, engaging experience for seniors.

An Introduction to VR from Our Founder

Learn about the entire array of great virtual reality solutions available today. Whether you chose to purchase from Best Buy, Viva Vita, or another vendor entirely, our mission to get this powerful tool into the hands of those who need it most. This webinar, filmed in partnership with Proaging Sourcebook, is a resource for adult children, caregivers, older adults, and retirement communities alike to learn about the possibilities of virtual reality. 

 
 
 
 
 
Resident with Viva Vita VR headset on
 

Information Credit:

US National Library of Medicine and National Institute of Health Journal 

The Medical Advice Journal  

ProAging SourceBook

                          

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