VR Brings Nigeria’s Stars Into Elderly Care Home

People living in a Nigerian care homes have been enjoying a break in routine with a virtual mix of therapy and entertainment delivered via VR headsets, thanks to Kunle Adewale founder of Arts in Medicine Fellowship.

Kunle Adewale founder of Arts in Medicine Fellowship in Nigeria has been visiting four care homes in the Nigerian city, taking in VR sets and tablets to often isolated residents, delivering doses of therapeutic entertainment.

With the headsets on, people can immerse themselves in songs, dance or exercise sessions, and even nature reserves. Some make digital art on the tablets, creating illustrations or editing photographs.

The VR project for the mental and the brain health of the Nigerian Seniors was published in the Guardian, as well as  across Europe, America and other media platforms in Africa. Offering over 50,000 worldwide to understand more about this work.

Find out more via the Guardian – https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2022/may/30/the-technical-tunes-getting-elderly-nigerians-up-and-digitally-dancing

In the living room of the Regina Mundi care home in Lagos, 70-year-old Baba Raphael hauls himself up from his chair and puts on a virtual reality headset. For nine minutes, Raphael dances to the folksy tones of his favourite singer, the late Ayinla Omowura, while watching a music video. “Are you enjoying it?” one of the staff asks Raphael. He doesn’t answer, oblivious as he sings along.

Arts in Medicine Fellowship

The Arts in Medicine Fellowship is currently leading the largest arts in health network on the continent of Africa with 13 countries represented and over 400 members.

Arts and Health South West was delighted to support Kunle Adewale and the Arts in Medicine Fellowship in 2021 for our Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference 2021, when we offered Arts in Medicine Fellows in Africa free places.  Offering Fellows free delegate spaces to the conference was a valuable opportunity for Fellows who are working in remote parts of Africa to engage with people who are in need of healing in the context of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

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