Virtual Reality Therapy: helping old people remember 虛擬現實療法幫助老年人回憶往昔
有關 「elderly people （老年人）」 的詞彙
Who are the VR experience designers working with to make sure it is suitable for elderly people?
These days, Bill Tolley is usually to be found in the garden of his care home. But back in the 50s, his favourite place to be was the dance hall. Now, thanks to virtual reality, he is going to relive that golden age again.
This is what’s called Virtual Reality Therapy. Bill has dementia and the hope is that this trip down memory lane will be a positive experience for him.
Can you remember what you were like at that time?
Bill Tolley, VR therapy user
I was raring to go everywhere.
比爾‧托利 「虛擬現實療法」 體驗者
And in many ways, Bill still is. The Marston Court Care Home in Oxford has been trialling the technology and found that it has had positive benefits for many residents. People like Betty.
That’s the church where I was married.
貝蒂 「虛擬現實療法」 體驗者
Does that bring back memories of the day?
Yes, I can remember what everybody was like. Many of them are no longer with us, of course.
Betty is a big fan of the technology.
You think how can you do that, when I’m sitting here? But it’s beautiful.
Did it trigger memories? Is that part of the fun of it?
Yes, yes. That could be, but some people might have bad memories, mightn’t they?
So you’ve designed this to be comforting, but is there a danger that residents will find it disconcerting, disorientating or a bit confusing?
Arfa Rehman, Virtue Health
It’s really important when designing an immersive tech experience for people with dementia or elderly residents that you’re really tailoring it for their needs. We work really closely with care teams and people within the NHS [UK’s National Health Service] to make sure that we are designing something very user centric and that can be comforting, rather than confusing.
阿爾法‧拉赫曼 Virtue Health 公司
Certainly for one resident, it seemed a rejuvenating experience.
care home （照顧老年人或病人的）看護中心
trip down memory lane 追憶往昔的經歷
no longer with us （委婉用語）不在了的，已逝的
They are working with NHS care teams and people to make sure the VR experience is suitable for elderly people.