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With Virtual Reality, Caregivers Can Become Patients


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The elderly test subject's vision is obscured by age-related macular degeneration.

Using a virtual reality headset, a user can experience what it is like to be "Alfred,"74, as he takes a test.

Credit: Embodied Labs

When Carrie Shaw was a freshman at the University of North Carolina, her mother, then 49, learned she had early-stage Alzheimer's disease.

"I was really scared of my mom's diagnosis," said Ms. Shaw, founder and chief executive of the Los Angeles-based Embodied Labs, an immersive educational technology company that uses virtual reality software to train health care professionals who work with older adults.

"I had that avoidance reaction to let the family figure it out without me," she said. "So after I graduated, I joined the Peace Corps for a two-year stint in the Dominican Republic. I wanted to help and serve, but didn't know how to in my own family."

 

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