The Expanding Role of Virtual Reality in the Lives of Seniors

As the largest Senior Living provider in Indiana, American Senior Communities is very proud of their partnership with MyndVR, the award-winning provider of immersive, therapeutic Virtual Reality (VR) experiences, designed for the Senior Living population. ASC was the first Senior Living provider in Indiana to embrace this new technology by offering MyndVR’s VR programming to their residents.

MyndVR’s immersive VR platform was initially implemented to engage seniors in an array of entertainment settings, including learning, travel, art, music, and nature, allowing residents to experience a variety of scenarios, including visiting foreign cities, interacting with animals, joining a Broadway musical on stage, and even sky diving. While virtual reality is certainly entertaining, it has many applications for older adults and can be used to enhance various therapies. Programming has now expanded to include memory care and rehabilitative therapy options.

Most recently, MyndVR announced the official launch of MyndVR 3.0, programming exclusively bundled with the all-new HTC VIVE Flow Immersive Glasses created in collaboration with HTC VIVE, a global leader in VR technology. “We are thrilled to launch the next generation of the MyndVR platform to include the lightest-weight and most visually stunning immersive glasses ever delivered to a variety of senior healthcare settings, including senior living, skilled nursing, veteran homes and hospice. We are so excited to partner with American Senior Communities to bring our newest headsets to their residents. Their team has been incredible to work with and it’s so gratifying to see how each community responds to the technology.”

MyndVR has begun distributing their newest, VIVE FLOW virtual reality glasses in American Senior Communities Senior Living communities. The VIVE Flow weighs less than a cup of coffee or about a third of the weight of other popular VR headsets. With an expansive 100-degree field of view and sharp 3.2K resolution, the glasses are capable of dialing up a user’s ocular prescription, eliminating the need for personal eyeglasses while offering crystal clear visuals. The VIVE Flow technology also delivers immersive, 3D spatial audio and can pair with Bluetooth earphones as part of MyndSpatial™ sound-based therapy.

Representatives from ASC and MyndVR discuss the new technology in this video segment:

The partnership between ASC and MyndVR includes service to the following ASC senior living communities:

  • Allisonville Meadows Assisted Living in Fishers, IN
  • Aster Place in Lafayette, IN
  • Brownsburg Meadows Assisted Living in Brownsburg, IN
  • Forest Hills Commons in Louisville, KY
  • Coventry Meadows Assisted Living in Ft. Wayne, IN
  • The Commons at Honey Creek in Terre Haute, IN
  • Rosegate Assisted Living in Indianapolis, IN

Expanded to include fifteen more ASC communities will be coming soon.

“ASC is intentional in choosing partnerships that allow us to leverage cutting-edge technology to enrich the lives of the residents that we are honored to serve. We are embracing the power of virtual reality that allows our residents to shine, thrive, dream, engage, and exercise the mind and body,” said Donna Kelsey, CEO of American Senior Communities.  “We are proud to incorporate this service in our Senior Living communities and we are truly excited to partner with MyndVR to bring these experiences to our residents as part of our mission to serve each customer with quality care and excellence.”

As part of ASC’s strategy, the initial rollout will include 22 communities to include a variety of skilled nursing, assisted living and memory care residents.  ASC will also receive MyndExplorer™, the most advanced, VR-based, interactive map application powered by Google Maps.  MyndExplorer™ allows seniors and their caregivers to virtually visit almost any location on the globe, unlocking joyful memories of previous trips and providing a very powerful and engaging therapeutic tool designed for reminiscence and socialization therapies.

“Our seniors have earned the opportunity to explore and connect virtually with nature, music, art, science, travel, sports, etc. – all worlds that they helped build and enjoy over their long lives.” Said MyndVR CEO, Brickler.

About American Senior Communities

As the largest senior care provider in Indiana, American Senior Communities offers a wide variety of lifestyle and care options including Garden Homes, Assisted Living, Inpatient and Outpatient Short-Term Rehabilitation, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing Care, Hospice and Respite.  Our mission is to compassionately serve each customer with quality care and excellence. To learn more about American Senior Communities visit ASCCare.com.

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