“It was touching to witness the seniors virtually reconnect with their past lives or live out a dream through this emerging technology,” said Commissioner Higgins. “It was thrilling to see how technology can be utilized to make lives better, especially for the most vulnerable.”
Equality Lab is a non-profit organization which uses virtual reality to make seniors’ dreams come true in nursing homes, hospices, and assisted living facilities.
“In Aladdin, when the genie is released from the oil lamp, he uses his magical powers to grant Aladdin three wishes. But in 2019, who needs a lamp when you can have a VR headset? With VR goggles, we can all be ‘everyday genies,’ grant unlimited wishes and bring magic into seniors’ lives,” said Dr. Alexandra Ivanovitch, Equality Lab Founding Director.