Virtual Reality (VR) is a rapidly-evolving technology that offers exciting possibilities for many fields, including aged care. The Barossa Village is an innovative aged care provider and has implemented VR technology to help improve the physical, mental, and emotional health of residents.
As we age changes occur to our muscles and sensorimotor systems which can decrease mobility, lead to pain or stiffness and negatively affect balance and posture. These changes can lead to older people becoming more prone to falls and injury which can affect their ability and confidence to exercise or even engage in daily movement activities like walking the dog, for example. Additionally other health conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, depression or dementia which become more prevalent with age may also factor into a decrease in mobility and overall wellbeing.
Animal-assisted therapy, also known as ‘pet therapy’, facilitates guided animal interaction with an individual or group with the aim of improving physical and mental health.
Drawing inspiration from the popular ABC series Old People’s Home for Four Year Olds, Barossa Village has recently launched an intergenerational parent-baby group at the Residency.
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