Caregiver Webinar Series: How can virtual reality be used as a training tool for caregivers

Speaker: Mary Chiu

In this webinar, Mary will facilitate an informed discussion, to explore barriers and facilitators as aging adults engage in digital technology, and particularly, in Virtual Reality interactions. She will also share preliminary learning from a multi-year Research & Development initiative called “Dementia Caregivers Skills-Training through Virtual Reality Simulation (VR-SIM Carers)”. The VR-SIM Carers initiative aims to engage caregivers, aging adults and community partners in the design, development and testing of an innovative skills-building and training platform for dementia caregivers to safely immerse in a VR environment, to practice different skills that are instrumental in the caregiver role e.g. communication, navigating relational issues, managing expressive behaviours, asking right questions to care professionals.