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16 JUNE 2021

How VR helps Elderly people?

One new technology has captivated both young and elderly people. Virtual reality (VR) is a technology that simulates the experience of being in a different time and place, allowing its user to visualize and feel like they’re in an altered environment. Virtual reality has already made its way into the senior living field, where it is being aimed to support elders overcome with loneliness, improve medical treatment, and provide adventure and stimulation. VR is being used within retirement communities to improve medical treatment, in addition to being used to share the residential experience with prospective residents. Virtual reality (VR) can help to alleviate physical pain by offering a diversion during medical procedures that may be unpleasant or anxiety-inducing. This technique, according to researchers, can also be utilized to improve cognitive health. VR can also benefit in the retraining of older persons' motor and cognitive capabilities, allowing them to develop new motor and cerebral abilities. A recent study also shown that virtual reality can improve balance and build the brain connections that support our sensory, motor, and cognitive abilities. Virtual reality games are being used by some researchers to detect memory and spatial reasoning, which is connected to Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. When compared to clinical settings, doctors can easily discover these health issues in VR games, wherein players should orient themselves in various settings. Elderly people has an increased risk for social isolation and loneliness because they are more likely to face issues like living alone, the loss of family or friends, chronic illness and hearing loss. Inability of hearing and low-vision can make interacting with others and enjoying their new experiences feel difficult. When this condition becomes untreated for a long time can increase the risk of depression, anxiety, heart disease and high blood pressure. An interactive and immersive VR environment allows seniors and their families to explore VR spaces together, bridging the physical distance between family members, especially for those who live long-distance and also helps to recover from the diseases that they face. As people become aged their brain activity tends to slow. In order to keep the brain active and responsive, it needs to be stimulated daily. VR helps to keep brain active. Recent studies found that virtual reality has helped participants maintain a high level of positive emotion and relaxation. Majority reported that virtual reality had a positive impact on their mental health. Thus, VR helps in the decline in physical and mental health, the loss of functional capabilities, and a weakening of social ties represent obstacles towards active aging among older adults and indicate a need for support.