How Virtual Reality Is Helping Senior Citizens Live Out Their Travel Dreams
A project supported by Intel gives seniors the opportunity to explore different destinations in VR
Intel‘s online series focuses on exploring how tech can be beneficial to people’s health and welfare. One project with online platform Razões para Acreditar (Reasons to Believe), called ‘Technology and Life,’ showcases how VR allows senior citizens to explore places they always wanted to go. PR agency Burson-Marstellar worked with Intel to ensure that seniors in a Brazilian living facility had the opportunity to realize their travel dreams.
Residents were given VR headsets loaded with travel experiences. Some of the interviewed senior citizens talked about places they want to explore and why. A few had always wanted to visit a specific place but never had the opportunity, while others wanted to revisit a place from their childhood that brought back memories. The participants understandably got emotional during and after the VR experience, overwhelmed by nostalgia and excitement.
Intel’s series also delves into other aspects of the importance of VR, exploring how diseases such as autism and physical ailments might be treated.