Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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Gaming technology to benefit aged care residents

Nicholise Garner February 7, 2018
AN IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE FOR RESIDENTS… This ‘virtual forest’ of flowers, trees, wildlife, a river and a bridge will soon be able to be enjoyed by residents at Mercy Place Shepparton, which creates an immersive sensory experience for those living with dementia.  Image: Supplied.

AN IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE FOR RESIDENTS… This ‘virtual forest’ of flowers, trees, wildlife, a river and a bridge will soon be able to be enjoyed by residents at Mercy Place Shepparton, which creates an immersive sensory experience for those living with dementia. Image: Supplied.

MERCY Place Shepparton residents will soon be able to enjoy a ‘virtual forest’ of flowers, trees, wildlife, a river and a bridge at the home. The Virtual Forest™, created by Alzheimer’s Australia, uses gaming technology to create an immersive sensory experience for those living with dementia.

A responsive sensor lets residents interact with the forest using simple hand gestures, such as a clap or a wave. By doing so, residents can change the season in the forest and bring different animals onto the screen.  The simple motions used to control the interactive components of The Virtual Forest™ mean residents can use the technology independently.

Mercy Place Shepparton service manager, Angela Marchant says innovative technologies like The Virtual Forest™ allow residents of all abilities to express themselves in new and interesting ways. “The Virtual Forest™ will act as a calming and enjoyable therapeutic tool for our residents living with dementia, promoting independence and engagement. We’re looking forward to having this exciting technology installed as a permanent feature at the home,” Ms Marchant says.

Visit Mercy Place at 351 Archer Street, Shepparton, for their open night on Monday, February 19, from 6 to 7pm to see and hear first-hand about the innovative programs available at the home. Be sure to book before Thursday, February 15 to secure a spot. Call 5832 0900 or book online at trybooking.com.au/TWQT