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Virtual Reality For Dementia Patients

Updated: Aug 21, 2022



Interested in understanding more about virtual reality for dementia patients?


We’ve put together some resources and articles below to explore how virtual reality is changing the lives of aged care patients with dementia.


Learn more about virtual reality for dementia patients

 

Virtual reality revolutionising dementia care

Source: OverSixy


Australian company BuildVR has made a world-first virtual reality device aimed specifically at dementia patients, and it could help aid in memory recovery.


The Solis-VR headgear is currently being trialled in over 50 aged care homes, and allows dementia patients to explore the world from their chair. Users can visit far-off countries, glide over polar ice caps and walk along beaches thanks to the incredible technology.



 

Dementia Australia virtual reality and computer games to bring a positive change in dementia care


Source: Dementia Australia


In this video, presenter Stephen Claney explores Dementia Australia’s Virtual Forest, Virtual Dementia Experience, EDIE and Dementia-Friendly Home App with Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe speaking about the benefits of the technology.


 

How virtual reality can transform dementia care

Source: AIXR


Virtual Reality is playing an increasing role in helping people with dementia and their caregivers manage symptoms of dementia. Given the effectiveness of VR in reducing anxiety and depression in patients with mental health conditions, the case for using VR to manage similar symptoms in dementia is obvious.


 

What can VR therapy do for dementia and Alzheimer's?

Source: Being Patient


Virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) uses computer-generated environments, viewed through a pair of high-tech goggles, to help individuals face and overcome their fears and anxieties, such as acrophobia or fear of heights, treating different mental health disorders, including PTSD and body dysmorphia.


This therapeutic tech holds big potential for those who suffer from Alzheimer’s and dementia.


 

Virtual reality in the care of people with dementia: A single-case research study

Source: Open Source Pub


The present single-case research study aimed to evaluate the use of virtual reality in the context of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia, quality of life, and medication use among people with dementia. Ten persons with dementia used virtual reality for a mean of twice per week for eight weeks.


 

EDIE - Educational Dementia Immersive Experience

Source: Dementia Australia


Dementia Australia offers a 3 hour workshop utilising EDIE, Dementia Australia’s virtual reality smartphone app.


This immersive workshop enables participants to see the world through the eyes of a person living with dementia utilising high quality virtual reality technology. This workshop enhances your knowledge of dementia whilst exploring a supportive approach to living more confidently with dementia.


This program explores what it may feel like to experience dementia, care for someone living with dementia and to work in partnership to identify support needs and develop a support plan


 

Virtual reality in aged care - the future is now

Source: Bolton Clarke


Bolton Clarke is expanding its work in the application of virtual reality technology into Residential Aged Care with a pilot that aims to improve resident experience and provide training opportunities for staff working with residents with dementia.


Residents and staff at Milford Grangeat Eastern Heights, Queensland were among the first to participate in the pilot program.



 

We hope these resources are helpful!


The Adaptive Clothing Australia Team



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