Technology helps seniors bike the world — in Tulsa
BikeAround is a stationary bike outfitted with a dome-shaped screen that uses Google Street View to give users a virtual experience.
Technology is allowing residents of Senior Star at Woodland Terrace and Burgundy Place to bike nearly anywhere in the world, without leaving Tulsa.
Developed in Sweden to help those with Alzheimer’s and dementia-related diseases, BikeAround is a stationary bike outfitted with a dome-shaped screen that uses Google Street View to give users a virtual experience. Tulsa-based Senior Star was the first company — let alone senior living community — to bring it here to the U.S.
“I could see the ocean in the distance,” says Woodland Terrace resident Shirley Brooks, who used BikeAround to traverse the Road to Hana in Maui, Hawaii. “It’s absolutely amazing.”
The experience is not only good exercise, but also helps strengthen residents’ cognitive function when they are able to “visit” someplace special to them, says Katie Xiong of Woodland Terrace.
Using BikeAround, “I went to a place in the country I lived about 30 years ago in the mountains of Virginia,” says Wylodean Gilkison, also a resident of Woodland Terrace. “It was beautiful. I went down the highway, and I could remember all of it.”