“Virtual reality is being used across the world to help people with dementia, and to give friends, family member and carers an insight into what everyday life can be like for those with the condition.
A video shared on Youtube, aims to show how virtual reality system ImmersiCare can improve the wellbeing of those living with dementia.
The software, which transports people in an alternative, virtual world, has been used as a form of therapeutic engagement for residents with dementia, in a partnership between Immersicare and UK care home group Quantum Care. “
Text by the Yorkshire Post
Image & video by ImmersiCare Studios
Read more: https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/how-virtual-reality-gaming-can-help-people-living-with-dementia-1-9322287
“A virtual reality project is helping elderly people with dementia by recreating moments from the 1950s.
Care home residents in Surrey have been using cardboard headsets to watch a 360-degree video immersing them in the Queen’s Coronation Day celebrations from 1953.
Anyone can experience ‘The Wayback’ film for free using a phone and a cardboard headset.”
By Gemma Evans, Sky News
Image: The Wayback and Sky News
Read more: https://news.sky.com/story/dementia-patients-use-virtual-reality-to-relive-famous-1950s-moment-11212972
Link to The Wayback project: http://thewaybackvr.com
“Horsham District Council is the first council in the UK to introduce a new form of virtual reality therapy for those with long term medical conditions. The council’s Community Link team is championing a virtual reality experience for the benefit of people with dementia and those living with long term medical conditions.
The therapy is based on the use of a headset which creates a virtual reality environment for users, helping them become immersed within a variety of different scenes.
Chosen scenes include experiences such as starlit skies, forests full of animals, dolphins swimming and nostalgic “days out” to beaches with the sound of the sea lapping on the shore.”
By Spirit FM
Read more: https://www.spiritfm.net/news/sussex-news/2447092/watch-how-virtual-reality-therapy-is-treating-pain-in-west-sussex/
“UCLA researchers are the first to blend virtual reality with a surgically implanted prosthesis to reveal what happens in the brain when people create memories.
At UCLA, Nanthia Suthana is one of the first neuroscientists in the world to harness the power of VR to unravel how someone’s brain encodes and retrieves memories while the person explores a new virtual setting on foot.
“Without our memories, each of us would be lost in time and cut off from other people,” said Suthana, an assistant professor of neurosurgery and psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “At UCLA, we are the first to blend virtual reality with a surgically implanted prosthesis to reveal what happens inside the brain when we create memories.”
Thanks to her curiosity about how memories define us, Suthana’s advances in virtual reality have opened the door into an entirely new realm of brain research.”
By Elaine Schmidt at UCLA Newsroom
Read more: http://newsroom.ucla.edu/stories/neuroscientist-harnesses-the-power-of-virtual-reality-to-unlock-the-mysteries-of-memory
“For most people, virtual reality’s promise of transporting us to a different world in a heartbeat is a great novelty. But for those who cannot travel freely, it’s a lifeline.
Sonya Kim, a physician in the San Francisco Bay area, has been taking virtual-reality headsets to seniors as a part of their medical treatment. Her therapy program, Aloha VR, lets seniors use the headsets to bring variety into their days, relax and provide a chance to get away to a virtual tropical locale.
High-tech and seniors may not go together in many people’s minds. But virtual reality is actually just the latest in technologies helping them.”
By Hayley Tsukayama at The Washington Post
Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/11/17/this-physician-is-using-virtual-reality-to-treat-patients-with-dementia/
“Virginia Anderlini (above) was the first private client to try out Dr. Sonya Kim’s new virtual reality program for the elderly, and says she’s eager to see more.
“There are over 100 clinical research papers that are already published that show proven positive clinical outcomes using VR in managing chronic pain, anxiety and depression,” Kim says. “And in dementia patients, all those three elements are very common.”
In addition to having private clients, Kim conducts group therapy sessions at Bay Area assisted-living centers, where a dozen or so people take turns with the goggles.”
Image and text by Kara Platoni at KQED Public Media
Read more: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/06/29/483790504/virtual-reality-aimed-at-the-elderly-finds-new-fans
“[In a study at] University of Illinois at Chicago a virtual reality experience transforms the user into a 74-year-old named Alfred in order to see his perspective as a medical patient.
Seven minutes in the shoes of an elderly man whose audiovisual impairments are misdiagnosed as cognitive ones — and a story that students across many disciplines have worked together to create.
Their goal was to craft an interactive, experiential product that could be used for curriculum in geriatrics — the health and care of elderly people — because of predicted growth in future U.S. aging populations and a disconnect between patients and the students or doctors who treat them.
Becoming Alfred helps users empathize with and better understand elderly patients.”
Credit: Carrie Shaw
Read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160518153418.htm
“Virtual reality (VR) has come a long way since the 1990s. Today we stand at a tipping point, where VR is about to disrupt so many sectors such as research, sports, the military, education, entertainment, car manufacture, and even healthcare.
According to research and consulting firm IndustryARC, augmented and virtual reality in healthcare is predicted to generate $2.54 billion globally by 2020 .”
by Philip Perry at Big Think
Read more: http://bigthink.com/philip-perry/how-virtual-reality-will-change-the-face-of-healthcare
“Those with dementia in northern England have begun test-driving [a] revolutionary rehabilitation system to help with their condition – throwing them into a futuristic world where they can fight sharks, drive high-speed cars and try downhill skiing.
A specialist brain charity in Salford has installed the contraption – which is called Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment. The CAREN device, the first of its kind to be used by the public in the UK.
The charity, BASIC, says the machine is already helping patients both physically and mentally. The aim is to test the long-term benefits. It is also being used to support stroke victims and people recovering from brain injuries.”
By Dean Kirby for The Independent
Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/dementia-sufferers-test-drive-revolutionary-rehabilitation-system-which-puts-patients-at-the-helm-of-a6946821.html
“The natural and man-made wonders of the world are now on the travel itineraries of aged care residents from Mercy Health, which is extending a new virtual lifestyle program to all of its facilities following a successful trial.
Residents are transported around the world via a new breed of virtual reality (VR) glasses that contain visual and audio content designed specifically for aged care and people with dementia.
Mercy trialled the glasses with seven residents living with dementia at Mercy Place Parkville with a six-minute helicopter ride over France, Iceland and Africa.
The virtual reality project aims to encourage discussion around reminiscence and conversation among residents and provide users with quality of life, said Karren Gooding, Mercy Health lifestyle manager.”
By Natasha Egan for Australian Ageing Agenda
Read more: http://www.australianageingagenda.com.au/2015/08/31/virtual-reality-opening-up-new-possibilities-for-residents-in-aged-care/