Virtual Reality offers dementia patients the opportunity to relive happy moments in familiar surroundings from the comfort of their chair.
Dementia is characterized by memory loss, language challenges and impaired problem-solving skills. Dementia is an umbrella term for various memory and cognition diseases that affect patients in various ways. As these diseases progress, patients experience impaired daily function as well as changes in mood, behavior and familiar relationships.
The UB Libraries’ Education Services and Multimedia teams are partnering to offer students the opportunity to work on a cutting-edge Virtual Reality (VR) project aimed at providing dementia patients respite from daily impairments and feelings of isolation.
We are actively looking for students to join our team as VR content creators. If you are interested in health care, geriatrics, active learning, media studies, nursing, virtual reality, computer science or mental health, please contact us.
Groups of students will work together to identify local, popular, ethnic Buffalo neighborhoods to be filmed using the Libraries’ 3D cameras. Students will then edit the footage using the Libraries’ professional editing software. The files will be tagged and entered in the University at Buffalo Institutional Repository (IR) for retrieval by anyone interested in using the footage with dementia patients. Students will also have the opportunity to recreate and film famous moments in US history in 3D for use with VR technology. The Libraries is also seeking partnerships with health care faculty to test the footage in nursing home facilities in Western New York.
|Length of commitment||About a semester (3-5 months)|
|Level of collaboration||Small group project (2-3 students)|
|Who is eligible||All undergraduate students|
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