Memory Training Tool Using Virtual Reality Available for Alzheimer’s Patients

Memory Training Tool Using Virtual Reality Available for Alzheimer’s Patients
Sokhey announced it recently launched Swann VR, the world’s first virtual reality memory training device specifically designed for people with Alzheimer’s disease. The company, and product, were created by Taegh Sokhey, a Northwestern University student planning to start medical school. "Patients now have an effective tool that they can bring into their homes and use alongside other therapies. This minimizes the need for transport and helps reduce the workload of primary caregivers,” Sokhey said in a press release. Swann VR uses a technology called Oculus Rift to provide an new and immersive experience for Alzheimer's patients. Oculus Rift allows for users to interact with the software in a realistic way, the release states. Swann VR encourages neuroplasticity and works to improve spatial memory by providing patients with a map to memorize. The virtual reality or VR tool provides users with a map and a set of objects they must retrieve. If the user forgets the location of a certain object, they can reopen the map at a point cost, a penalty that encourages them to develop spatial memory skills. Users are rewarded with additional points for completing the levels at higher difficulty. It features five environments and over 50 objects that users can interact with. Caregivers or healthcare professionals are encouraged to select environments that best mirror wh
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