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‘It gives me a reason to get up in the morning’: How virtual reality tech is helping seniors cope with isolation and depression.


Carleigh Berryman began her virtual reality journey in 2019 when she started her company, Viva Vita, just before the COVID-19 pandemic. She would fit VR headsets on residents at senior communities, enriching the lives of those who were no longer able to travel safely. Due to the pandemic and subsequent closure of vital senior programs, Berryman and her team were forced to develop tech that could be used with COVID-19 protocols in place. In 2021, she took TODAY inside Iona Senior Services in Washington, D.C., where the Viva Vita virtual reality tours continue to help seniors connect to the world without leaving their homes.


Original Air Date: May 21, 2021

See the full piece here:

https://www.today.com/video/this-young-woman-delivered-virtual-reality-to-isolated-seniors-during-the-covid-19-pandemic-112677957965



Rita Rhymes at Iona Senior Services, Arts & Wellness Center, in Tenley Town, Washington, D.C.