Overview: One quarter of all Americans will be 65 or older by 2030. This places a heavy burden on society to develop tools and technology to enhance seniors’ quality of life, to educate and train senior care professionals, and to provide the shared experiences needed to build empathy, understanding and compassion among seniors and their caregivers. In this presentation, we discuss the promise of virtual reality (VR) as a solution capable of addressing these challenges — one experience at a time.
In this presentation we will:
- discuss how VR engages the brain, and why it is so effective.
- explore how VR can be used to combat isolation and increase seniors’ quality of life.
- examine how VR can be used to effectively train the direct care workforce with consistent, scalable and 24/7 available training that broadly engages multiple learning systems in the brain in synchrony.
- learn how VR builds empathy and understanding by providing a shared experience for seniors, staff, family members and society at large.