Dr. Alexandra Fiocco's Collaborative Study On Virtual Reality
"While travel has been shown to improve quality of life, options for hopping on a plane are limited for seniors in long-term care residences.
Enter professors Alexandra Fiocco (Psychology) and Richard Lachman (Digital Media), who are undertaking a collaborative virtual reality (VR) project aimed at improving the lives of older adults by offering virtual travel with the help of a Ryerson RECODE grant. Dr. Lachman was approached by startup company OwlFlix, which wanted to examine the health benefits of “virtual travel” for seniors. Dr. Lachman saw the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Fiocco, who has expertise in working with elderly populations."