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VR for the Elderly – a new way to use virtual reality may help some of society’s oldest people

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When we think about virtual reality technology the first things that comes to mind is probably its use as an entertainment medium but it can be used for so much more. This fun time tech may be a major help to the elderly.

Old people and technology usually don’t mix very well but Dr. Sonya Kim wants to use it to help the elderly get a new lease on life. Old age can be a very lonely time for many people and to make matters worse, as we age it can be harder to get around for a variety of reasons. VR headsets help people to help them have experiences outside their home, even if they can’t leave their home.

Her company has only just started to test this option out but so far, they have seen some positive results in the happiness of the people that have used the headsets. This could be a brand new way that virtual reality could really help people, not just a new fun way to play games.

Donyae’s love for technology is based on a need to survive our future robotic overlords. Know thy enemy as you know yourself. But since even odds are on the zombie future, she has also learned how to prepare squirrel. You can find her on Facebook until the robots – or zombies – rise up.

Donyae Coles – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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