December 6, 2018
Dr. Joseph Maroon, was interviewed by TV Channel 11’s Joe Arena on the use of virtual reality for certain patients at St Barnabas Health System. Per Dr Maroon:
“If you look at an old picture of you in high school or your parents getting married or you smell a certain perfume or grass or something, your mind takes you back,” Maroon explained to Channel 11.
“We found that it reduces depression, it reduces agitation,” said Maroon. “There’s more of a community feeling about things and in actual studies the people who use these are 40 percent happier.”
St. Barnabas is the first health care system in the state using this technology to help dementia patients. They are hoping to expand the program to include videos shot of more personal experiences for patients to remember.
WPXI TV Video Interview