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Virtual reality against loneliness.

The Hague Municipality asked a strict selection of hackers and designers to develop a service that could improve the quality of life for the elderly. During the Hackathon ‘Elderly Care’ the team of Q42 and Fabrique came up with a shared virtual reality experience. With innovative VR technology, we help elderly people who are lonely to make contact with others in a whole new way.

Question

How do you snatch the elderly out of social isolation? We immersed ourselves for an entire day into the world of the elderly, and got to work.

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Solution

As people age, their social circle becomes smaller. Then they are more likely to stay home, landing them in a vicious circle of isolation. Our solution is the start of new relationships for the elderly. The many stimuli of a virtual reality experience have led to discussions that go deeper than mere chit-chat about the weather. Imagine, you and your buddy can go back to the beach at Curaçao or stroll through the streets of Amsterdam as they were in the 70s.

Via innovative technology, we were able to synchronise the experience and offer it onsite. Another added value of our solution is giving the elderly an intriguing reason to leave home and participate in this special VR experience at the local senior centre.

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Result

"Elders, a shared experience." We took home first prize at the Hackathon. An initial field test with the audience led to promising results. We’re now in discussions with healthcare institutions and subsidy providers to further develop the service.

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