“Our mission is not to simply make world class experiential solutions easy & accessible but to prepare organizations for the future. The path to digital innovation is ever evolving. This is why we place a focus on the journey before the destination.”-Roni Cerga
A passionate business leader and innovator. His vision has helped shape world class offerings by utilizing cutting edge cross functional growth strategies. He maintains strong fundamentals by investing in a diverse organizational culture & people, streamlined process and the very best in product quality. He is a strong believer that the foundation to sustaining exponential growth is the result of empowering & offering a sense of ownership to everyone in the organization and beyond to our clients.
“As we continue to capitalize on the tremendous technological opportunities ahead we must always respect the competitive advantages that form the cornerstone of our brand – our people and our culture.”
Lorne Fade oversees all aspects of VR Vision’s application development, event activations, hardware deployment and 360 videography. He is responsible for guiding the company’s overall direction and strategic priorities by utilizing his digital marketing background to drive business development forward as well as driving sales for VR Vision through creative marketing campaigns and targeted advertising methods.
An experienced Creative Director and Developer, David specializes in creating immersive digital virtual experiences and interactive entertainment on both small and large scale. He has worked on over 20 successful projects with over 15 million users worldwide for both the mobile and enterprise training platforms.
At VR Vision, David oversees all productions from concept to completion to ensure all application development meets a gold standard of being completely turn-key and high quality. He has led successful projects for VR Vision with enterprise clients like Toyota, Tennis Canada, University of Toronto & Alchemy Systems.
Alex has a passion for creating digital content and using multimedia to help businesses achieve their goals. The new wave of virtual reality and 360° content brings endless possibilities for business solutions and marketing material and Alex is dedicated to being at the forefront of this innovation.
He manages the 360° department of VR Vision, directing a variety of 360° content, such as 360° video and virtual tours. Alex has a keen eye to use these mediums as practical business applications to help businesses excel in the age of technology.
Dedicated Nurse and technology expert with over 10 years providing client care and technology consulting in Canada and internationally. Joannah is driven to transform the way we view & approach client care. As an expert in both VR and Nursing Joannah’s goal is to greatly improve the quality of life for all.
Responsible for overseeing the development, testing, monitoring and implementation of Virtual Reality technologies. Joannah flawlessly combines science, business, and technology to make possible for life changing deployments.
She is also the CEO, Founder of Reality Well (A VR Vision Group Company). Reality Well is a Virtual Reality Platform for Senior Living. [www.realitywell.com]
With an appetite for learning and advancing in new technologies Liz has what it takes to anticipate trends and collaborate with her peers. An experienced National Accounts Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the marketing and advertising industries for well over decade. Skilled in Contact Centers, Management, Customer Service, Account Management, and Sales. Extensive experience working with high tech executives and CEO’s producing high volume sales results advancing new business development.
An experienced and accomplished business development and management executive committed to driving exceptional sales results for organizations, while exceeding all expectations for customers. Possesses a keen ability to motivate and inspire staff and colleagues to achieve success, both personally and professionally. Experienced in transforming laggard sales teams into highly focused and disciplined peak performers.
Specialties: Sales Strategy, Corporate & Business Development, Sales Management, Leadership, Coaching and Motivation, Market Planning, Energy, Legal and Tech industry.
Karan Sharma is a 3D Artist with a passion for creating 3D assets and Environments for game development. He has an understanding of 3D Modeling, Texturing and Digital Sculpting and passion for Game Art along with constantly learning and advancing techniques while staying updated with industry standards.
He also has a solid understanding of composition, lighting, colour, form and structure and the ability to apply this knowledge in a 3D interactive world. Karan also has a hobby for photography and travelling.
Wei is a young and talented Unity developer, with passion for anything involving creative design. But what good is something if it doesn’t do anything? With that in mind, Wei is highly interested in creating function as well, he loves to architect large yet pristine systems of code. With experience working as an Asset Developer, Wei’s game assets are downloaded by thousands of other Unity developers.
As a generalist developer, he is competent in both art and programming fields, and highly involved in the entire development cycle. Quickly building applications and making improvements where possible, Wei pushes the envelope of what VR can achieve.
I am a game developer who is passionate about exploring the new upcoming and emerging technologies and developing software for them. Aside from programming, I have a variety of different skills like 3D modelling, 3D animation, 2D animation and Video/Audio editing.
Like most forms of modern technology, seniors are probably the last group of people that you think of when it comes to using virtual reality. VR is typically associated with younger generations, as its high-tech and offers interactive, highly engaging entertainment; however, it’s these very elements of virtual reality that are making it an increasingly popular technology among the senior demographic.
Many startup companies and researchers are realizing the benefits that virtual reality can offer people of all ages – including the elderly. It’s becoming increasingly more accessible for this age group and offers more than just entertainment; it can drastically improve their quality of life.
The Benefits of Virtual Reality for Seniors
Loosely defined, the term virtual reality means “near reality”. In other words, it provides users with an experience that simulates an environment that appears real. The environment is computer generated, and users of this technology can explore and interact with that environment. Those who use it are fully immersed in whatever environment this technology simulates, and have the ability to manipulate items and perform physical actions.
The complete immersion into a simulated environment provides a number of benefits for seniors. Of course, it VR provides entertainment; but the benefits extend far beyond that.
VR Expands Horizons by Offering More Experiences
Many older adults are afflicted with mobility issues. The inability to move freely prevents them from experiencing the world as they did when they were younger, which means that their world becomes considerably small.
In many cases, seniors have limited access, which can restrict their ability to travel or even take a walk around a neighbourhood. Of course, when mobility is restricted, older adults can feel as if they are missing out on the many experiences that life has to offer. VR can change that.
Since virtual reality can simulate virtually any environment, it affords seniors the opportunity to explore. In essence, it expands their world. For instance, by simply putting on a headset, a wheelchair-bound senior who is living in a nursing home can be transported to a destination that is thousands of miles away; the rocky shores along the coast of Ireland, the summit of the tallest mountaintop in Southeast Asia, the stadium where his favourite baseball team plays, or even take a stroll down the streets of his or her old neighbourhood.
Through virtual reality, seniors are also afforded the opportunity to engage in educational experiences that they may not otherwise have access to, such as visiting an art gallery or visiting historic monuments.
VR can be Therapeutic for Dementia Patients
Virtual reality offers more than just the opportunity to explore the world; it can also be used as a therapeutic tool for patients who are diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Cognitive decline leads to memory impairments and reduced mobility, which can cause agitation, mood swings, depression, and compulsive-like behaviours. VR has been found to be an effective tool for distracting patients when the side effects that are associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s arise.
For example, patients can be presented with scenes that are calming, such as walking down a beach or floating in the ocean, which can alleviate stress and regulate the mood. Furthermore, VR may also be a helpful tool for memory recall. By presenting dementia and Alzheimer’s patients with simulations of their old neighbourhoods or places they once frequented, they not only experience a reduction in stress, but research suggests that it may help to trigger their memory.
Virtual Reality May Assist with Pain Management
Pain is another problem that many older adults contend with. Chronic pain can significantly reduce mobility, increase stress levels, and lead to depression. While medications can be used to treat chronic pain, they may be ineffective or they can cause a number of adverse side effects.
Several research studies have determined that VR provides an active distraction, which can be an effective way to reduce pain. While the mechanisms that are associated with neurobiology are not fully understood, the evidence does suggest that the active distraction that virtual reality provides can reduce pain that is associated with osteoporosis, arthritis, cancer, and various other medical conditions that are known to cause chronic pain.
In addition to providing an active distraction, virtual reality also promotes movement. Evidence suggests that movement can actually help to treat chronic pain. Why? – Because it prevents the components of the musculoskeletal system that are responsible for movement – the muscles, joints, and ligaments –from weakening, further complicating pain. Therefore, movement can effectively reduce pain by strengthening muscles, joints, and ligaments.
Virtual Reality Encourages Socialization
Decreased mobility can make it difficult for seniors to socialize, and decreased socialization can lead to feelings of loneliness and depression. Virtual reality can serve as a powerful tool for promoting socialization among older adults. For example, in a nursing home facility, seniors can interact with one another via VR headsets, allowing them to bond over shared experiences.
Socialization is crucial for people of all ages, but it is particularly important for older adults. It provides them with a sense of purpose, boosts their self-esteem, improves their mental and physical health, and gives them a sense of belonging.
VR Encourages an Active Brain
Brain activity naturally slows with age, which can result in decreased responsiveness, issues with memory recall, and a decreased ability to retain new information, even in people who are not afflicted with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
To prevent the brain from slowing, it must be stimulated on a regular basis, and VR can be an excellent way to do just that. By participating in interactive games, attending virtual events, and going on virtual tours, the brain is stimulated, which helps to keep it astute.
Virtual Reality: The Future of Senior Health
Given the many notable benefits that virtual reality can offer older adults, it’s no wonder why so many developers are not getting behind VR that is specifically designed for this demographic. The future of senior care may indeed by more high-tech, thanks to virtual reality.
Here at VR Vision, we are developing applications that will aid this demographic specifically with end-to-end solutions that are not only scalable but also will be cost-effective and easy to adopt for healthcare facilities.