Se­niors’ re­al­ity check

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

RES­I­DENTS from Mercy Place Lath­lain have been tak­ing off on African sa­faris and Vene­tian gon­dola rides re­cently with­out even leav­ing the com­fort of their arm­chairs.

The se­niors are tri­alling a vir­tual re­al­ity soft­ware which in­volves res­i­dents wear­ing 3-D gog­gles, which en­ables them to view a com­puter-gen­er­ated, 360-de­gree view of dif­fer­ent re­al­ity worlds as they move their heads to look around their vir­tual en­vi­ron­ment.

Mercy Health WA State Man­ager Anita Ghose said that Mercy Health had spent more than $3000 on the vir­tual re­al­ity gog­gles and soft­ware af­ter it had be­come aware of how se­niors’ over­all well-be­ing could be en­hanced as a re­sult of us­ing the tech­nol­ogy, from re­search car­ried out over­seas.

“From the trial be­ing run at Mercy Health’s homes in WA, in­clud­ing Mercy Place Lath­lain, we have ev­i­dence that this new tech­nol­ogy not only pro­vides res­i­dents with a great deal of en­joy­ment and plea­sure, it also as­sists those liv­ing with de­men­tia and Alzheimer’s to re­call mem­o­ries about their life,” she said.

Charles Scott with the vir­tual re­al­ity tech­nol­ogy.

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