A few months ago, we told you about a unique 3D film called The Queen’s Coronation which was transporting people with dementia back in time, triggering happy memories of that special day: June 2 1953.
The film has now been praised by experts in dementia care as a genuinely useful new tool which uses virtual reality in a truly innovative way.
The Queen’s Coronation was the first of a series of virtual reality films by a company called The Wayback, designed to help those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s. The creator, Dan Cole, came up with the idea when his father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and he saw for himself the power of reminiscence.
Now Dan and his team are working on a second film, recreating the summer of 1966 in virtual reality. The film is bound to trigger memories and conversations for people with dementia. ‘It’s not all about football,’ says Dan. ‘It’s about immersing viewers once again in many of the sights and sounds of that wonderful time, triggering memories and feelings by using music, fashion, food and conversation about that time, as well as the sporting memories.’
But the Wayback team needs help. ‘The project is entirely crowd funded and relies on the support of people like all of us who believe in its potential,’ Dan adds.
If you’re able to make a financial contribution, please visit their Kickstarter page here.