Virtual reality among the elderly: a usefulness and acceptance study from Taiwan


Shabbir Syed-Abdul, Shwetambara Malwade, Aldilas Achmad Nursetyo, Mishika Sood, Madhu Bhatia, Diana Barsasella, Megan F. Liu, Chia-Chi Chang, Kathiravan Srinivasan, Raja M. & Yu-Chuan Jack Li


Virtual reality (VR) has several applications in the medical domain and also generates a secure environment to carry out activities. Evaluation of the effectiveness of VR among older populations revealed positive effects of VR as a tool to reduce risks of falls and also improve the social and emotional well-being of older adults. The decline in physical and mental health, the loss of functional capabilities, and a weakening of social ties represent obstacles towards active aging among older adults and indicate a need for support. Existing research focused on the effects of VR among older populations, and its uses and benefits. Our study investigated the acceptance and use of VR by the elderly.