We often think of virtual reality as a technology that only gamers use. Researchers have proven that VR is useful for practicing complex procedures, overcoming phobias, and giving people a chance to experience memories from their past.
The elderly population often experiences isolation and loneliness as their health deteriorates from the natural aging process. VR headsets give these individuals a chance to experience the sights and sounds from places they enjoyed during their younger years.
It’s a chance to explore past relationships, visit favorite places, or experience movement when their bodies are unable to keep up with the mind. That’s why headsets are showing up in memory care and senior living facilities around the world.
A Wide Range of Experiences Is Already Available
Although this approach to VR is still in its early stages, the MyndVR system currently allows users to try a wide range of experiences in facilities in 30 states. Seniors can tour a favorite city in the world, watch puppies play, or duck into a nightclub from their youth to enjoy a performance.
MyndVR also offers seniors a chance to visit iconic sites with their technology. Current experiences include the Grand Canyon, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, and destinations along Route 66.
The company charges senior centers up to $2,000 per month for the service based on the specific content desired.
If virtual reality continues to produce successful results, this technology could become part of the criteria for choosing a place to live in the future.
You can find out more about this technology by visiting MyndVR’s website.