Saturday 24 March 2018

'I'm just so happy' - Emotional video shows how virtual reality therapy offers hope for dementia sufferers

Jason Kennedy

Jason Kennedy

The use of virtual reality devices to transport elderly people with dementia to more serene surroundings has led to at least one sufferer shedding happy tears.

Dementia, which affects more than 47.5 million people around the world, can lead to memory loss, disorientation and depression. This cutting edge form of virtual reality can provide sufferers with a form of immersive therapy.

When dementia sufferers put on the VR headset and earphones, they are projected into more calming environments, such as the beach and bird-filled forests.

Tribemix, the company behind the system, is now hoping to bring the technology to more care homes.

In the above video, published by Press Association, one dementia sufferer said using the system was one of the happiest moments of her life.

"This is happy tears, by the way. I'm not sad," she tells her carer.

"That's, I think, the three happiest times I've ever had in my life. Here today and the last couple of times that you took me here.

"This is magic, what you do. Truly, it's magic."

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