Virtual Reality Technology is Changing the Elderly’s Life

It is a fact that the fast growth period that the number and the formation of the elder in the 21st century. As the elderly population increase, people begin to pay attention to the quality of the elder’s life and provide solutions that can solve the issue through VR. According to a survey by the market, people in the age from their 20s to 40s are VR fanatics, but it does not mean other ages are not suitable for this new technology.

Virtual Reality can be a solution to resist social isolation. The elderly are at increased risk of loneliness due to several factors. Many live in long-term care facilities away from friends and family, some may have lost a spouse, and their children may have grown up and left them at home. The elderly can wear VR headsets to travel the world immersive so that they can relax. The VR tourism project also incorporates physical rehabilitation in nursing facilities. Integrating into society by learning VR technology, and helping the elderly find happiness and motivation.

VR can alleviate a range of conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, which are common among the elderly, according to a study by the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. VR can identify Alzheimer’s disease earlier and more accurately than the “Diagnostic Criteria for Alzheimer’s Disease”.

As a practical and effective training tool, VR can also provide training assistance for cultivating elderly care talents. Students who learn elderly care skills through VR are more likely to master relevant practical skills. VR combines 3D models, flat images, animations, video, audio, etc., and is more vivid than traditional teaching methods. The interactive nature of VR can stimulate students’ interest in independent learning, guide students to master standardized operations skills and cultivate students’ ability to observe, analyze and operate.

Perhaps shortly, VR technology can not only improve the quality of life of the elderly but also completely change the life experience of the elderly and provide a guarantee for the elderly.

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