Traditional methods for assessing memory are expensive and have high administrative costs. Memory assessment is important for detecting dementia particularly in older adults. In this study, we develop and test a Virtual reality (VR) technology to assist in establishing better quality outcomes in dementia screening while maintaining a low level of stress in individuals. VR-CogAssess is an immersive virtual platform designed to meet usability needs of older adults while delivering a feasible option for memory assessment.
Findings from a pilot study (n=42), compared VR-CogAssess to standard PC with promising results. The research contributes a new design direction and a set of recommendations for supporting usability needs of older adult users in VR.
- Dr Kiran Ijaz
- Dr Naseem Ahmadpour
- Prof Rafael Calvo
- Prof Sharon Naismith
- Ijaz K, Ahmadpour N, Naismith SL,Calvo RA. (2020). An Immersive Virtual Reality Platform for Assessing Spatial Navigation Memory in Predementia Screening: Feasibility and Usability Study. JMIR Ment Health; 6(9):e13887