SilVR Adventures - Group virtual reality for aged care residents - How it works...

SilVR Adventures - How it works...

  • Sessions are good for up to 10x participants and we take residents on a shared experience, allowing them to overcome mobility and health constraints and to create new memories with their friends.
  • Fully trained, professional facilitators oversee each session. VR headsets and the facilitator's tablet present the same content, but participants control where they look within the experience.
  • We diligently prepare educational & engaging content for each session, plus the capability to fulfill resident’s requests such as revisiting childhood homes and countries they have always wanted to travel to or revisit.
  • We deliver services at your facility and bring everything required. There is no need for any specialist training, additional hardware or set-up.

Quick clip from one of our recent fun sessions!

These adventurous folks proved it's never too late to share new experiences - lots of fun had on a group camel ride exploring the Pyramids of Egypt!

Are you ready to make a difference in your facility?

This is why we do this... SilVR Adventures

The most rewarding part of what we do - listening to the positive feedback from seniors after a session.

Edward's lifelong dream was to visit the Pyramids:
"I never thought I would live to see it. I'm stuck here now, in this chair, and today you've taken me straight to Egypt. How amazing."

Mario, 88, during first SilVR Adventures group session:
"I forget everything in the last 50 years. What I talk to my wife, everything I FORGET. But I never forget you. I never forget this. I never forget today. This was amazing. Thank you."

Want to make a difference at your facility? Get in touch today!

Old age: Why 70 may be the new 65

According to a new piece on the BBC, experts say it may be time to rethink how old age is measured and defined in the UK because more people are surviving into their late 80s and beyond.

The Office for National Statistics team says although 65 has traditionally been seen as the start of old age, 70 could be seen as the "new 65".

That's because many people who reach this milestone birthday can still expect to live another 15 years. Remaining life expectancy may be a better marker of old age, they say.

What do you think? Is 70 the new 65?

We are often amazed at the incredibly youthful spirit of aged care residents in our group virtual reality sessions and certainly believe age is just a number!

You can see more on the article here:

For now, we'll leave you with a very interesting graphic showing health by chronological (birthday) age has improved over time.

The Aussie startup tackling seniors’ isolation epidemic with VR

Loneliness and isolation among seniors in aged care facilities is a devastating and growing problem, but a Melbourne-based startup is bringing seniors together through shared experiences in virtual reality (VR).
SilVR Adventures is providing highly immersive virtual experiences tailored to groups of seniors in aged care facilities across Victoria and planning to expand to more Australian states in 2020.
“Virtual reality has many proven applications in helping the elderly, from improving memory and tackling dementia, to helping with mobility. But one of its most striking and immediate benefits is its power to bring people together,” says Juliene Pudsey, Director of Community Engagement & Experience at SilVR Adventures.
With participants responding so well to trial sessions, some of the largest aged care providers in the country have asked SilVR Adventures to deliver programmes across their facilities.
Participants wear a VR headset and are guided by a SilVR Adventures facilitator through one of a range of scenarios, from exploring the Great Pyramids of Giza or meandering through the laneways of Rome, to journeying into outer space. All sessions are supervised by an aged care professional.
Pudsey says: “We take participants on incredible virtual trips to destinations around the world and beyond, but what participants usually enjoy most is sharing these immersive experiences with others.
“We’ve taken seniors on virtual plane trips and had participants ask if they could skydive from the plane as a group. It’s a safe environment where participants get really creative and adventurous, but the communal element of that shared experience is so important. We’re helping create shared experiences, resulting in shared memories and connections.”
The over 65s is the fastest growing demographic in Australia and studies have shown that seniors experiencing extreme loneliness are up to 26% more likely to die prematurely.¹
SilVR Adventures is collaborating with academics at two of Australia’s leading universities to investigate the benefits of VR in increasing happiness, social wellbeing and cognitive capability.
“With an endless range of potential experiences and relative affordability, VR has massive potential to help seniors live, happier, more connected lives. We’re thrilled to be part of something that can make a real improvement to seniors’ quality of life.”

Notes to editors

Social Media: @SilVRAdventures
Press contact: Colin Pudsey, CEO & Director of Business Development

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