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VR Brings Joy to People in Assisted-Living Facilities

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A nursing-home resident in Falls Church, VA, experiences virtual-reality nature scenes.

Virtual Reality is being embraced by an increasing number of long-term-care communities, which are turning to the devices to improve wellness and quality of life for this growing population.

Credit: Jahi Chikwendiu/Associated Press

Long-term care communities increasingly are using virtual reality (VR) devices and systems to improve residents' wellness and quality of life amid pandemic-related restrictions on visitors and activities.

Studies have documented the positive effects of the technology, with a 2018 field study by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology finding that nearly 39% of assisted-living residents shown VR images related to travel and relaxation reported better perceived overall health.

Companies like MyndVR sell VR packages to senior-care facilities, while others like Embodied Labs use VR to train caregivers.

MyndVR's Paula Harder said, "Residents in our memory-care neighborhood have been observed to be more oriented to their surroundings...and even more coordinated in their speech and movement."

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