Virtual reality may have once looked like something out of the “back to the future,” but technology still remains. According to a new report by CNET, gaming platforms could even be the next super weapon for the elderly in the fight against dementia.
From Oculus Rift to PlayStation VR, virtual reality games are growing. Currently, research shows that playing the platform’s biggest hits, such as “Beat Saber” and “Superhot,” can slow the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. It all has to do with exercising the mind and body at the same time.
In 2021, more than 600 individuals were surveyed to investigate the impact of virtual reality games during a pandemic. The results of the study were finally published by Healthhand Technology.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, residents have provided means to engage in VR activities to occupy them and keep them physically healthy in order to minimize the often reported declines in mental and physical well-being. Offering to can be a promising strategy. “
A systematic review published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health surveyed 15 peer-reviewed studies on the effects of virtual reality.
“Of the 12 articles examining physiologic results, eight showed positive effects on fitness, strength, balance, and limb function,” the review said. “Only four articles examined the effects on psychological outcomes, and the ones that showed the positive effects of VR exercise on relieving fatigue, tension, depression, calming, and improving quality of life. There were only three. “
However, the review points out that 15 studies use sample sizes that are “far from ideal,” suggesting a more rigorous study to confirm the results.
Dr. David A. Merrill, an adult and aged psychiatrist and director of the Brain Health Center, told CNET that “exercise” (exercise game) had a positive effect on the elderly in her memory clinic. Told.
“I hope that by experiencing exercise at the Brain Gym, I can increase activities such as gardening, dancing, walking, interacting with friends, listening to podcasts and recumbent bikes at home, and bring this into real life. “She said. “Exercise has been found to help people understand the potential benefits of healthy lifestyle habits.”
Research points out that VR games may be a great tool for older people trying to delay dementia, but research is still underway. More rigorous testing is needed. However, at this point, the findings are showing a healthy direction.