Fulfilling Seniors’ Wishes through Immersive Technology
PROVIDING SENIORS WITH THEIR BUCKET LIST EXPERIENCE IN VR
Visiting Europe for the first time, going back to your motherland, swimming with dolphins? What’s on your bucket list? One thing is sure: elders have a pressing need to tick off elements from theirs. Virtual reality can teleport them anywhere in the world, to the place where they were born and haven’t been able to go back to, or to the place where they haven’t been before but always wanted to go. VR GENIE is an initiative which uses virtual reality to fulfill seniors’ last wishes through immersive technology before they pass.
“Life is your restaurant”, as the Genie said in “Aladdin”, and seniors sure are enjoying the VR menu. Who needs a lamp in 2019 when we have VR headsets?
VIRTUAL REALITY OPENS UP A WHOLE NEW WORLD FOR SENIORS
When seniors put on a headset, they now have the power to go wherever they want in the world: to the place that they always longed to visit but never got the chance to, or to the place where they were born, and haven’t got the chance to return.
With virtual reality, it no longer matters if you are a prince or an orphan living on the street, if you’re in a wheelchair or if you’re an Olympian athlete, whether you are 20, 50 or 90 years old: in VR, we can all climb the highest peaks, fly over the Grand Canyon and explore the depths of the ocean.
VR GENIE is funded by the Miami-Dade County Mayor’s “Age Friendly” Initiative.
WHEN SENIORS CAN’T GO OUT INTO THE WORLD, WE BRING THE WORLD TO THEM.
“This gave life to my soul” – Rosa, senior Cuban, after having gone back to Cuba after decades of exile
“It felt like I was really there” – Robert, after having gone back to his native Ireland
“This gives me a 2nd chance” – Michael, former painter reconnecting to his art through VR after his stroke
“This was a 10 plus experience” – Leonard, after having gone to Las Vegas for the first time
“I would want everybody to have this experience” – Magali, devout Christian, after having seen Jerusalem
Once we put the virtual reality headset on, we are instantly teleported to a far away land or another time dimension: that’s the power of the technology. Neuroscientists and computer scientists who have researched the transformative power of VR have consistently highlighted “the sense of presence” the technology provides us. VR GENIE allows older adults to feel immensely present to their deepest desires for travel, adventure, joy and curiosity — right here, right now.