(CNN)Clouds whizzed by as US Air Force Pilot Richard Merrill flew through the air.
The ground moved quickly beneath him while he soared faster and faster through the sky.
When it came time to land some 10 minutes later, Merrill removed the virtual reality headset from his head, blinked, and he was back in his assisted living facility in Hockessin, Delaware.
Merrill is a resident at The Summit, where he can spend some of his time reliving the 1950s when he was a pilot in the Air Force, through virtual reality technology.
In the midst of a pandemic, with limits on in-person family visits and strict social distancing guidelines, some residents at assisted living homes are turning to new ways to interact with the world around them.
Through virtual reality and interactive gaming, older Americans are learning to stay connected and thrive during the pandemic.
Virtual reality is making its way into assisted living communities across the county to allow residents to explore the world without leaving their rooms.