Crowdfunded virtual reality game engages dementia patients

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Alzheimer’s Australia Vic‘s Microsoft Kinect sensor app places dementia patients inside a “virtual forest” where breezes blow, snow falls and butterflies fly in a peaceful but interactive environment.  The organization previously developed a virtual dementia simulator for teaching carers about the reality of living with dementia.  They believes that using game technology and sensory therapy will “give back to people with dementia their ability to engage more fully with life.”  The developers claim that this will break new ground in the use of virtual sensory therapies to create feelings of safety, novelty and stimulation.