Virtual Reality Interaction Improves Mood in People With Dementia

A new study sought to determine whether Virtual Reality Forest (VRF) interaction could impact engagement, apathy, and mood states of 10 people with dementia living in an aged cared facility. Participants were found to experience more alertness and pleasure during the VRF interaction; however, fear and anxiety were also increased when compared with a control group. Participants, family members, and staff expressed generally positive opinions about the VRF interaction. “This study suggests virtual reality may have the potential to improve quality of life, and the outcomes can be used to inform the development of future Virtual Reality activities for people with dementia,” the authors conclude.

Moyle W, Jones C, Dwan T, et al. Effectiveness of a Virtual Reality Forest on People With Dementia: A Mixed Methods Pilot Study. Gerontologist. 2017.