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How virtual reality is helping curb social isolation among senior citizens

By: WFTS Staff

Virtual reality is curbing the adverse effects of social isolation for senior citizens.

Social isolation during the pandemic was a significant problem throughout the U.S.

The effects were devastating for seniors, especially those living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. But Sodalis Assisted Living in Tampa is addressing the issue with a new high-tech solution.

Virgil Pittsinger, 72, has lived at Sodalis for three years. He enjoys being surrounded by friends and socializing, but he was one of many senior citizens who felt socially isolated during the pandemic.

COVID-19 forced older adults to self-isolate for their safety, but out of the negative comes a positive — virtual reality. He says the goggles are helping him live in a new way.