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County of BrantCounty of Brant Public Library helping seniors explore virtual new worlds

The County of Brant Public Library is offering older adults the opportunity to stay mentally active and experience virtual reality (VR) in a fun and safe environment over the winter months.

Offering programs like Introduction to Virtual Reality and Armchair Travel, this interactive series makes the technology more accessible to seniors.

“We want to offer a safe, inclusive, and barrier-free space for older adults to explore virtual reality, “ said Gary Jermy, Director of Community Innovation at the Library. “With the help of our skilled staff, seniors can look forward to having tremendous fun while navigating a new skill.”

Seniors are encouraged to start with an Introduction to Virtual Reality session to learn how to use a Meta Quest headset and explore the benefits of VR, including improved socialisation, decreased anxiety when using technology, mental stimulation, and improved cognitive function.

Armchair Travel sessions allow seniors to explore countries across the globe. From virtual bus rides to deep sea diving, these fully interactive exploratory experiences let participants discover the world without leaving the comfort of the Library.

The Library’s Virtual Reality for Seniors program wraps up with a Fun with Virtual Reality, Games, and Videos session on Wednesday, March 15, and a Seated Exercise with Virtual Reality session on Wednesday, March 22. 

Virtual reality sessions for seniors run Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM beginning Wednesday, January 18, through to Wednesday, March 22. Locations vary week by week. To find out when a virtual reality session takes place at your local branch, visit brantlibrary.ca/vr.

Register for VR sessions at brantlibrary.ca/vr, call 519-442-2433, or sign up at your local library branch. A free taxi service is available to County of Brant residents; please talk to library staff.

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