How virtual reality is giving the elderly remarkable end-of-life adventures
Publication date: 12 December 2018
Care of the elderly may not be the first thing you think of when imagining virtual reality, but that’s exactly the mission of Scottish social enterprise and Big Issue Invest investee Viarama, which instead of using virtual reality to placate the next generation of Ready Player Ones, is using the immersive power of the technology to improve the lives of senior citizens who are receiving end-of-life care.
Viarama was founded in 2015, and it touts itself as Scotland’s first virtual reality company. The social enterprise works with all age ranges across education and healthcare to improve quality of life, and even trains 18 to 24-year-olds in using the technology so they can go on to help others. But it’s Viarama’s work in hospices and palliative care that really shines through in giving real benefits to society.