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Two SRG Senior Living Communities Partner with UCSB for Aging Study
01-10-2020

Two SRG senior living communities in California have partnered with UCSB for an innovative study, using the latest technology in senior housing: virtual reality.

Under the leadership of communications professor Dr. Tamara Afifi, residents and their adult children are helping the team answer the question, “What does thriving really look like for someone who’s in a residential care community?”

Residents with mild cognitive impairment or dementia are using Rendever virtual reality headsets as part of reminiscence therapy – talking about one’s past in a therapeutic environment. Studies have found reminiscence therapy can significantly benefit people with dementia. Dr. Afifi is also exploring unique techniques families can use to maintain relationships when family members do not live within close proximity to each other.

The grant for the study was awarded by the National Institute of Aging, and the UCSB team is hoping to expand upon their research to determine how virtual reality can improve seniors’ livelihoods.

To learn more about the study which has been featured in various media outlets throughout Santa Barbara, please click here.  

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