A Virtual Reality Social Connecting Space for Older Adults Living with Dementia

The aim of this study is to inform the design of a virtual reality (VR) social connecting space for older adults living with dementia.

Principal Investigator/ Researcher Names

Aisling Flynn

Disease Area

Dementia (including Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias)

Field of Research

Social Research


NUI Galway

Funding body

SFI, Centre for Research Training in Digitally Enhanced Reality (DReal)

Start date

October 2019

End/expected end date

January 2024

Date of Expected Results/Outcomes


Project Completed


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Research participants information

Seeking to recruit community-dwelling older adults (over 59) living with dementia and their nominated support person. They must be willing to participate in research activities such as interviews and group workshops. No prior experience of using VR technology is required. The researcher is available to travel to participants to complete research activities. They have the opportunity to have their voice heard in the design of this technology. It is anticipated that the resultant technology may be used to enhance or maintain the social connectedness of older adults living with dementia.