Why VR Is Poised to Transform Older Adult Living
Virtual reality has big potential to stimulate creative thought, conversation and empathy. Although it might seem more suitable for gamers or tech gurus, virtual reality is going mainstream for a variety of audiences. Older adults in assisted living facilities are no exception.
Just as today’s children prefer iPads to playing outside, older adults — a population at risk for isolation and loneliness, who are using technology in greater-than-ever numbers — are finding games like bingo less than engaging.
Which is why I believe wider VR implementation in the older adult living industry is crucial.
“The market is going to demand it, and not only the residents, but their families, their children, their grandchildren and millennial caregivers,” said Dean Maddalena, president of studioSIX5, in a recent CDW report titled “The 21st Century Senior Living Community.”
“It’s part of everyday life, and we want these communities to mimic everyday life as much as possible,” Maddalena said.
The report cites a growing number of providers using this transformative technology to engage residents, stimulate memories and even nurture an understanding of different ailments.