Before Otto Soyks' wife Betsy died in 2006, the couple enjoyed traveling around the world.
Recently Otto, now a resident at Senior Star at Weber Place in Romeoville, relived some of those memories through a new program the senior living facility offers called BikeAround.
According to a news release from Senior Star, BikeAround helps seniors, especially those with dementia, take a virtual ride on a stationary, individually adjustable assistive bike to almost any place in the world, thanks to Google Street View.
Senior Star is the first assisted living facility in the United States to offer the program, the release also said.
After entering an address, seniors "bike" to familiar places, such as childhood homes, or to locations they always wanted to see and never did, such as Mount Rushmore or Yellowstone National Park.
Residents can even take "group trips" together.
"It's an opportunity for residents to do that with loved ones or relive family vacations," Bartleman said. "It's an opportunity to share your memories and history and more of who you are as a person."