Virtual reality is often depicted as a fun source of entertainment for younger adults who grew up on video games. However, new research is beginning to show that seniors can also benefit from this latest technological advancement. When engaging with virtual reality, seniors wear headsets that allow them to participate in a visual experience that makes what they are seeing feel very real. As you explore different types of activities for your loved one, here are just a few of the benefits that virtual reality can have for improving their quality of life.
Take a Walk Down Memory Lane
Memory loss is a serious concern during the senior years that can be slowed down by engaging a senior's mind to remember the past. With virtual reality, a senior can visit their favorite places such as their childhood home or that tropical city that they visited on their honeymoon. This benefit is especially good for people with dementia who receive a sense of comfort from visiting the places that they can remember from the past.
Enjoy a Distraction From Chronic Pain
Seniors who are dealing with chronic pain sometimes find it difficult to engage in normal daily activities such as visiting a museum. With virtual reality, seniors get to enter another world that feels so real that they forget about the physical pain that they are experiencing. Instead, seniors can visit that museum or even ride a rollercoaster again while keeping their mind off of their pain.
Relieve Depression With Inspiring Experiences
People often enter the senior years with dreams that have yet to be realized. For instance, a senior may have longed to travel overseas but never had the chance to do it. Virtual reality experiences can be tailored to fit a senior's long lost dreams so that they can feel inspired by the opportunity to finally live them out.
Virtual reality holds great potential for helping seniors cope with the challenges of aging. As you are learning to deal with the changes that aging can bring, be patient with yourself, patient with your loved one, seek advice and answers to questions, and remember you are not in this alone. Contact a Caring Senior Service team member today!