How virtual reality can improve the quality of life for people living with dementia
Publication date: 9 May 2019
While virtual reality (VR) has become an important tool for recreational gaming, it is also proving to be quite valuable in the realm of medicine.
But its benefits may also prove valuable for patients with a variety of mental health conditions, including those with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, PTSD, phobias, autism, and schizophrenia, by allowing them to enter and explore new environments which may help to alleviate symptoms, while also serving as a coping strategy.
Such benefits of VR also extend to those with dementia who experience poor memory, confusion, and display increased aggression towards family and caregivers, according to new research by Dr. Jim Ang and colleagues at the University of Kent.