Opinion | Virtual Reality Is a Gift at Our Retirement Home
Virtual reality has been a part of the Charlestown Retirement Community for years (“Family & Tech: Many Seniors Are Lonely. Tech Can Help With That,” Personal Journal, Jan. 30). In partnership with Rendever, Inc., we offer weekly sessions for the independent community, allowing residents to take an hour to learn about topics of interest. The sessions are held as a group, allowing the residents to experience the journey together. While this offers a wonderful form of social escapism, we have noticed that the technology works well with those who experience cognitive decline. The residents can be fully engaged with the environment while using the topics to massage long-term memories.