Virtual reality to manage anxiety in older adults: the FBK study highlights promising results


Margherita Grazioli


Exposure of people with cognitive and physical impairment to realistic and natural immersive virtual reality scenarios via a viewer is safe and has an impact on promoting the state of relaxation and positive emotions. This
is the general picture that emerged from the survey conducted by researcher Susanna Pardini, from the University of Padua and a doctoral student at the Digital Health and Wellbeing Center at Fondazione Bruno Kessler, titled “Use of Personalized Virtual Environments in People with Cognitive Impairment.” The study, conducted between January and February of this year, involved 23 seniors (of whom 19 women), with an average age of 86.6 years, residing in the “Margherita Grazioli” nursing home at Povo – Trento.