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Study Finds Seniors Benefit from Virtual Reality

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Karen Audet, an 82-year-old retired elementary school teacher, wears a Mynd Immersive virtual reality headset.

The study is part of a larger effort to adapt VR to be beneficial to seniors' health and emotional well-being, and help lessen the impact dementia has on some of them.

Credit: Lynne Sladky/AP

A study of virtual reality involving 245 participants aged between 65 and 103 by researchers at Stanford University, in partnership with Dallas-based Mynd Immersive, found generally positive effects.

Participants picked from seven-minute virtual experiences such as parachuting, riding in a tank, watching stage performances, playing with puppies and kittens, or visiting places like Paris or Egypt.

Almost 80% of seniors reported having a more positive attitude after their VR session, and almost 60% said they felt less isolated socially.

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