4 Ways That Virtual Reality Can Help People With Dementia?

The world as we know it is changing due to virtual reality, and in many ways, for the better. Recent advancements in VR demonstrate that, when combined with other cutting-edge technology aimed at enhancing people’s lives, it can be a life-changing addition for dementia sufferers and their caretakers.

Despite the fact that someone in the UK will get dementia every three minutes, neuroscientists have long been baffled by the causes and progression of the disease. Technology has had to adapt as the world’s population ages and pressure mounts on professional care services as dementia rates continue to increase.

So, can these innovative and exciting new technological developments help persons with dementia? Four ways that virtual reality is having a positive effect have been compiled.

Reminiscent Therapy

The loss of one’s most treasured memories and a general disconnection from reality are two of dementia’s most painful side effects. According to research, the environment has a significant impact on how well people grasp their illnesses, thus using virtual reality to immerse patients in a fictional setting is the best option.

Because of this, Better:Gen is employing VR Technology when recreating experiences for people with dementia and integrating pieces of their past into the present.

The use of physical cues, such as photo albums, or even the creation of full-scale nostalgic landscapes might let users take a trip down memory lane. To make it unique for each user, we might incorporate video material provided by a family member.

Virtual reality apps try to trigger people’s memories and spark talks about them, which can help people feel closer to their loved ones.

Simple requirements for access—just a mobile phone app and a cheap headset—make such technology even more accessible.

Improving Memory Recall

By regularly exposing the brain to immersive and detailed stimuli, this type of therapy is even suggested to ease the symptoms of dementia.

In a research by the University of Kent, participants spent time in a cathedral, a forest, a sandy beach, a rocky beach, and the countryside over the course of many sessions.

According to the study, the surroundings may aid to bring back distant memories. For instance, a river in the countryside may have made them think of a specific childhood vacation.

Virtual reality offers a drug-free alternative to brain training and stress relief from the illness. Only revolutionary and cutting-edge dementia care practises appear to be the way of the future.

Improving The Knowledge Of Carers About The Illness

It might be extremely difficult for those who have dementia to express their feelings. These circumstances frequently cause worry and irritation, which can affect the carers and those nearby.

With computer-generated surroundings and 360-degree video clips that recreate the reality of a dementia patient, virtual reality may even be our answer to providing more compassionate treatment. VR shows that dementia can appear in a variety of ways using data from interviews with dementia patients.

It can also be applied to dementia care training for caretakers. They may be given realistic day-to-day situations in VR film where they must make decisions that will be doable for their patients. Allowing carers to evaluate their choices in a virtual setting can help eliminate mistakes in the real world.

Study To Aid In Earlier Diagnosis

Are you surprised by how IT and healthcare services are related? Even more spectacular things follow. In order to better understand how humans navigate space, researchers have created a virtual reality game. This knowledge can eventually help them design diagnostic tools that can detect illness development early. It is a tremendously fascinating breakthrough that makes use of data from actual patients.

Despite the fact that there is no cure for dementia or Alzheimer’s, virtual reality is an excellent option for easing the social and financial difficulties that these illnesses can cause. The future is promising and, in this instance, virtual.

Dementia Virtual Reality Experience

We provide a cutting-edge and thought-provoking virtual reality dementia experience as part of our dementia awareness training.

With the aid of our cutting-edge VR headsets, you can explore our virtual environments to develop your empathy and knowledge of the difficulties persons with dementia may face on a daily basis. A filter is used as part of the immersive experience to simulate impaired eyesight, which is a common sign of dementia. We also emphasise how thoughtful design decisions can improve the quality of life for those with dementia.

If you would like further information about ‘Virtual Reality And Dementia’ please visit www.bettergen.co.uk or contact Lynn Warren at lynn@bettergen.co.uk.

About the author : Andrew Warren