Virtual Reality: Adventure Travel at Home
Technically, a Virtual reality is described as a computer-generated three-dimensional environment that can be delved into by a person.
In a virtual reality, a person can be engaged and become part of this virtual world. They can manipulate this world by doing some required tasks inside the virtual environment.
Virtual reality is a whole new world of stimulating discoveries in areas which can have a positive impact on the daily lives of people using it.
Picture an in-home care senior citizen who is sitting in her favourite chair, but she isn’t really there. Thanks to a virtual reality goggles, she is currently on a beach, relaxing under the not so hot sun. She is not tired, but comfortable. She is not bored, instead, she’s having fun reminiscing how she have felt the same sensations when younger.
Next scenario, a 90-year-old professional cricket player using Wii, doing all the things he used to do on the pitch, without the feeling of inadequacy. No painful joints or back. That’s the power of virtual reality.
Research and studies have also shown that there are positive effects in using virtual reality to help dementia patients and those with chronic pain, and anxiety. In dementia patients, they are mostly confused and lost with their surrounding. The faces of people coming in and out of their lives are always changing, never constant, but by giving them, let’s say, a peaceful environment like the beach, they are being given a quick reprieve from all of those changes. It’s a little peace of mind.
Findings show virtual reality is helping the elderly users improve their balance. As we all know many of our parents have suffered risky falls. A researcher has refined a virtual reality system that can now discover impairments in body balance. The VR system aims at teaching every user to develop and improve their body balance while moving.
A study where VR screen systems are placed in front of a stationary bike where the people view virtual landscapes as they pedal has shown increased in the persons actual fitness levels. It was such a success that the system became a permanent device and hobby for many.
New technologies like the Virtual Reality are presenting new techniques to help or assist mentally and physically our elderlies. Though it is in its early stages, with people still getting used to these gadgets, virtual reality is a great alternative for those who are have limited mobility.
Virtual reality can give every ‘adventurer’ a safer escape as they age.