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The Centre for Elder Research hosts “Emerging Technologies” event

November 07, 2019

older adults testing virtual reality equipment at Elder Research event

On Thursday, November 7, the Centre for Elder Research presented the preliminary results from their “Emerging Technologies in Long-term Care” research project at an event held in the Sheridan Conference Centre in Oakville. The event included over 50 guests who ranged from students, professors; older adults in the community; recreation staff of long-term care homes, retirement homes, adult day programs; and caregiver staff.

Event guests viewed a documentary about the research project in question, participated in a question and answer session, and were provided the opportunity to take part in a virtual reality (VR) demonstration with Oculus Go headsets. The event also incorporated VR cardboards for use with smartphones to demonstrate how easily this technology can be brought to older adults.

"There was a great turnout of attendees, specifically with the recreation staff who attended from various long-term care facilities. I was so delighted to hear that they understood the benefits virtual reality (VR) can have for the well-being of their residents. The hope is that we were able to reach more older adults living in long-term care who are unable to get out and see the world through emerging technologies like our VR experience,” says Alexandra Jackson, Research Project Coordinator.

“Emerging Technologies in Long-term Care” was funded by the Tri-Agency (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canadian Institutes of Health Research) College and Community Social Innovation Fund, and led by Principal Investigator and Director of the Centre for Elder Research, Dr. Lia Tsotsos. The grant has assisted the research team in creating a recreational virtual reality program that may assist in pain management and issues related to cognitive impairment, ultimately creating an emerging way of supporting the health and well-being of older adult communities.

For more information on the Centre for Elder Research’s VR project please connect by email or visit their website