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VR Brings Joy to People in Assisted-Living Facilities

By The Wall Street Journal

April 2, 2021

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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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