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Is virtual reality the antidote to help depressed seniors?

man-with-virtual-reality-headsetSeniors probably aren’t the first demographic that comes to mind when you think of virtual reality. But a few groups in Canada believe a dose of VR might just make the perfect medicine.

Researchers in different parts of the country are looking into how VR can be prescribed to elderly patients to rehabilitate them from things like strokes, treat depression, dementia and anxiety, and serve as an escape from their hospital or hospice beds.

Lora Appel, a researcher with OpenLab at Toronto General Hospital, has been focusing her VR research efforts on seniors with dementia. Some of these patients don’t get to go outside much because they like to wander — and that can be dangerous.

By Haydn Watters | CBC News

Photo submitted by Lora Appel (University Health Network)

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