“A big focus in dementia and technology research has been to tackle the cognitive deficits that often accompany the condition. Virtual reality has been used in the assessment and rehabilitation of cognitive processes in dementia since the 1990s, and more recently it’s been used to deliver exergames. These developments are no doubt very exciting – however, the potential for virtual reality as an expressive and creative medium to allow people with dementia to experience new, exciting, stimulating and potentially therapeutic environments, entirely separate from the stress of cognitive assessment, should also be addressed. This event, organised by Open Lab at Newcastle University and held in central Newcastle, [provided] an environment for innovative and creative ideas to emerge surrounding how we might create enriching shared experiences for people living with dementia.”

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