City of The Hague EldersVR
Loneliness is a big social problem among older people. To help the elderly with feelings of loneliness make valuable connections, our venture Hack The Planet developed the virtual reality system EldersVR for elderly centers.
With EldersVR, two (or more) elderly people can jointly move to another place (in another time). From a joint boat trip through Venice, to a trip between the African elephants, or just a pleasant walk on the Scheveningen boulevard of the 70s, seniors are fascinated by the sense of going somewhere with someone else.
These 360° experiences bring back memories, deliver conversations and forge friendships in effect. Conversations that would not otherwise occur. Conversations that create new connections that would not have taken place without EldersVR.
EldersVR has been tested at several care homes in The Hague, the Netherlands. Not only the user satisfaction was tested, but also the effect of EldersVR on the perceived loneliness of the elderly.