SHALIMAR — The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) has awarded a grant to the Air Force Enlisted Village-Hawthorn House to help fund its virtual reality cognitive therapy program for seniors.
This $5,000 grant will help the Air Force Enlisted Village use the program to provide a positive therapy experience and allow seniors to continue to experience the world around them. The program will help stimulate social interactions that lead to increased engagement in their environment.
This virtual reality experience will enable seniors, many who are away from family and friends, to experience familiar people and places. The program will be incorporated into the weekly Thursday morning Coffee Talk group and the Walkers Club on Fridays. Residents will be able to take a stroll down memory lane by revisiting their home, favorite park or wedding site. It will also be used with families and in one-on-one resident interactions with those specifically in memory care.
Retired Air Force Chief Master Sgt Brooke P. Mclean, president and CEO of Air Force Enlisted Village, said, “We're honored to be selected to receive this grant from the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, and we're excited to provide this virtual reality service to our residents with Alzheimer's disease.”
The Air Force Enlisted Village provides a home for the surviving spouses of retired enlisted Air Force members regardless of their financial situation. They have an independent living and assisted living/memory care facility.