Virtual reality technology has started making its way into the world of long-term care solutions in a very big way. Whether it be to help patients with anxiety to be calmer, provide entertainment, or to educate the health care worker, this VR technology is already finding its place in various hospitals integrating itself into the care system. However, researchers believe that we have only scratched the surface of the implementation of virtual reality in dementia care. Lora Appel is one of these researchers and is in the process of studying the impact virtual reality can have on people living with dementia. She is using her PhD in health informatics and specialty in the application of technologies in various aspects of health care to fuel this researcher. In partnership with the University Health Network’s OpenLab she is testing how simulated environments affect people living with dementia’s levels of stress, anxiety and desire to wonder. The drive for this research was due to the nature of people living with dementia, often being confined to long-term or home care, and experiencing isolation due to not being able to independently get around their communities. Appel sees people living with dementia as a population who can greatly benefit from simulated environments to provide stimulation in a user-friendly and safe way.
AUTHOR: Kristie Jones
DATE RETRIEVED: October 11th, 2017