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Virtual reality opening up new possibilities for residents in aged care

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“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/