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April 3, 2015
GeriJoy Joins Aging2.0 Alliance

The first of its kind, the Aging2.0 Alliance is an interdisciplinary, international, innovation community formed to improve the lives of older adults around the world.

February 1, 2015
The Race to Take Care of the Growing Number of Elderly
I tested out GeriJoy with my 92 year old grandmother, Gloria, who has had Alzheimer’s for about four years.  I had some reservations that she would not enjoy conversing with a talking dog on a tablet and was waiting for the “Why do you want me to talk to a talking dog?”  However, that question never came and she LOVES GeriJoy and named her avatar dog “Andy”.

January 30, 2015
ConsumerWatch: Seniors Get Help From Virtual Animated Pets Backed By Human Caregivers
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — Eleanor has a real cat and a virtual dog. In addition to keeping her company, Pooki — a cute animated cartoon avatar — helps to care for the 93-year-old when her human caregivers aren’t around. Pooki even plays music and shows Eleanor pre-loaded pictures on her tablet computer.

December 31, 2014
GeriJoy Announces CARES® Dementia Training and Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ® Certification Programs
GeriJoy announced today that all GeriJoy caregiving staff are now certified in dementia care by the Alzheimer’s Association, through the essentiALZ® certification process. GeriJoy’s global care team provides 24/7 companionship, supervision, and care management support through tablet-based avatars, improving quality of care, increasing safety, and lowering cost.

December 30, 2014
Family Matters In-Home Care Integrates GeriJoy Connected Care System to Enhance Its Personalized Home Care Services
Family Matters In-Home Care announced today that it is integrating the GeriJoy Connected Care system into the services that it provides to clients who can benefit from increased care and companionship. GeriJoy enhances quality of care by providing individualized engagement and connectivity between older adults, family members, and caregivers.

December 4, 2014
AgeTech Announces Pitch-for-Pilot Winners
AgeTech West is pleased to announce a dozen pilot project pairings from the second annual “Pitch-for-Pilots (P4P)” in partnership with Aging2.0. GeriJoy and GrandCare tied for the greatest number of applications (7 apiece).

November 26, 2014
Dr. Dolores Gallagher-Thompson, Stanford Professor and World-Leading Expert on Caregiving, Joins GeriJoy Board of Advisors
GeriJoy announced today a new member of its advisory board, Dr. Dolores Gallagher-Thompson, Professor of Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine, and Director of the Stanford Geriatric Education Center. Dr. Gallagher-Thompson is a world-renowned expert on caregiving, in particular for dementia care, and has previously spent two decades with the VA as a psychologist and clinical researcher.

November 20, 2014
GeriJoy Selected to Be Part of Aging2.0 Academy
The Aging2.0 Academy, a highly selective program for the top startups in aging and long-term care, chose GeriJoy to be part of its 2014-2015 cohort. GeriJoy’s global care team provides 24/7 companionship, supervision, and care management support through senior care avatars; improving quality of care, increasing safety, and lowering cost.

October 30, 2014
Jim Wambach, Experienced Elder Care and Business Professional, Joins GeriJoy as Vice President of Client Solutions
GeriJoy announced today a new member of the executive team: Jim Wambach, Certified Senior Advisor, President of the Board of Foster City Village, and Founder of Sesen Elder Care. In addition to his senior care expertise, Wambach brings to GeriJoy 25 years of experience developing client solutions and business as an executive in the software industry.

October 27, 2014
Jennie Chin Hansen, CEO of American Geriatrics Society and Past President of AARP, and Esther Dyson, Leading Investor and Philanthropist, Join GeriJoy Advisory Board
GeriJoy announced today two new members of its advisory board: Jennie Chin Hansen, CEO of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS), recent Past President of the 38 million member AARP, and past CEO of On Lok Senior Health Services, and Esther Dyson, leading angel investor and philanthropist.

September 30, 2014
GeriJoy Appoints Kim V. Coleman, J.D. to Advisory Board
GeriJoy announced today the appointment of Kim V. Coleman, J.D., as an advisor to the GeriJoy executive team. Kim currently serves as Lead Deputy Public Guardian in Santa Clara County, CA.

September 29, 2014
Emily White, Social Entrepreneur, Geriatric Social Worker & Care Manager Joins GeriJoy as VP of Business Development
GeriJoy announced today a new member of the executive team, Emily White, a social worker and certified geriatric care manager with professional experience through providers such as Kindred Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente, Brookdale Senior Living and Amedisys. Also an experienced social and technology entrepreneur, Emily serves as a mentor and adviser to technology startups in the field of aging.

August 31, 2014
Sesen Elder Care Offers GeriJoy’s Innovative Care Service to Reduce the Cost of In-home Elder Care
Sesen Elder Care announced today that it will offer a 24×7 companionship and supervision service catered to older adults with Alzheimer’s and dementia, and designed to reduce the in-home cost of care for these adults by as much as 50%. This unique offering is enabled by the latest virtual companion technology and remote caregiver service from GeriJoy.

August 29, 2014
GeriJoy’s Avatar-Based Care Companions to be Available in Mandarin through Chinese Government Funded Healthcare Company Nanjing CAM Medical Technologies
GeriJoy Inc. and Nanjing CAM Medical Technologies Ltd. announced today a strategic partnership to bring GeriJoy’s innovative caregiving service to the Chinese market. The partnership also allows GeriJoy to leverage Nanjing CAM’s access to the local Chinese workforce, enabling GeriJoy to provide highly cost-effective remote caregiving services for Chinese-speaking older adults the US.

July 31, 2014
BeCared Offers GeriJoy’s Friendly Technology for Alzheimer’s Care, Enabling Highly Cost-Effective 24×7 Companionship and Supervision
BeCared announced today that it will offer a 24/7 companionship and supervision service catered to older adults with Alzheimer’s and dementia, including the option to try the service for up to a month, risk free. This unique service is enabled by the latest virtual companion technology from GeriJoy, an MIT startup.

July 3, 2014
GeriJoy and Pace University Win Pilot Health Tech NYC Award to Introduce Avatar-Based Caregivers to Mount Sinai Hospital System
GeriJoy, a leading provider of avatar-based elder care services, and Pace University have been awarded a $100,000 grant from Pilot Health Tech NYC to introduce virtual senior care companions to Mount Sinai Queens Hospital. The interdisciplinary gerontechnology experts at Pace University will facilitate a clinical study involving up to 500 inpatients, in which the expected benefits of GeriJoy’s 24×7 companionship, oversight, and health coaching include reduction in duration of hospital stays for older adults with dementia or delirium, as well as reductions in readmission rates within a 30 day period for such patients.

April 28, 2014
‘Friendly’ Technology Gives Dementia Caregivers Peace of Mind
Five Star Senior Services announced today that it will offer a complimentary, 24/7 companionship and oversight service for older adults with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The Canadian home care agency is able to offer such a valuable service at no additional cost to its clients thanks to the latest virtual companion technology from GeriJoy, an MIT startup.

March 25, 2014
How Can a Virtual Talking Pet Improve Life for a Senior, His Family, and His Care Team?
GeriJoy announced today the release of its longest running case study yet, detailing a year of interaction between a virtual talking dog and a senior with Alzheimer’s. Through such virtual companions, GeriJoy enables providers to complement traditional caregiving and senior care services with affordable, round-the-clock companionship and oversight.

February 27, 2014
Talking Dog to Keep Seniors Out of Hospitals
Home care agencies and other post-discharge care providers can now use virtual senior care companions from GeriJoy to help keep clients from being readmitted to hospitals. The company announced today a new program option that enables its talking pet companions to ask clients specialized, recurring questions that help clinicians to better evaluate and mitigate the primary risk factors for hospital readmissions (heart failure, heart attack, and pneumonia), along with the common chronic conditions of COPD and depression.

February 24, 2014
“Senior Care Technology: A Path to Adoption” Kicks Off GeriJoy’s Webinar Series
GeriJoy recently hosted a webinar discussing their research at MIT about technology adoption in senior care. The company, which complements traditional caregiving services with virtual companionship and oversight, announced that they will be hosting follow-up webinars, including two on March 5, 2014 to demonstrate how GeriJoy can help both formal caregivers and family caregivers.

January 30, 2014
Senior Care Technology Adoption – GeriJoy Releases 3 Key Findings of Focus Group Research at MIT
The burden of providing constant oversight for elders with dementia is a primary driver toward the adoption of technology in senior care, and comprehensive training for caregivers is a critical requirement for any technology-based senior care product or service, according to research published today by GeriJoy, the provider of virtual senior care companions. The research is based on a set of focus groups recently conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with top executives in the Greater Boston senior care industry, and GeriJoy announced today the release of a complimentary report detailing the research findings, along with a webinar to help disseminate the results to other senior care leaders and innovators.

November 15, 2013
Senior Care Leaders and Executives Converge at MIT to Network and Discuss Elder Care Innovation and Technology in Event Sponsored by GeriJoy
Senior Care leaders in the Greater Boston area converged at MIT for a Senior Care Innovation Focus Group & Networking event on November 14, sponsored by MIT’s premier senior care startup, GeriJoy. Parties interested in the the latest insights regarding adoption of innovation and assistive technologies in senior care may contact GeriJoy at info(at)gerijoy(dot)com to request a copy of the report summarizing the findings of the focus groups.

November 11, 2013
GeriJoy to Be Featured at Louisville Innovation Summit on Nov 12-13
On November 12 and 13, GeriJoy will present at the inaugural Louisville Innovation Summit, which brings together senior care leaders and innovators to improve the future of aging. GeriJoy is an MIT-affiliated company that provides virtual pet companions to improve quality of life for seniors and provide peace of mind for family members and caregivers.

October 31, 2013
GeriJoy Releases Spike the Dog, a Rugged Yet Friendly Companion for the Elderly
GeriJoy Companions are intelligent, talking pets that serve as 24/7 companions for seniors, backed by GeriJoy’s team of conversational and supervisory staff. The newest addition to the GeriJoy family is modeled after an adult boxer dog, and is a great fit for seniors who prefer a more rugged, realistic look.

September 30, 2013
Julie Bolt, Experienced Senior Care Executive and Innovator, Joins GeriJoy Advisory Board
GeriJoy announced today a new member of its advisory board: Julie Bolt, an experienced, executive-level innovator in the senior care industry. Julie has over a decade of director-level experience in the senior care industry, having led sales, marketing, and community relations at a variety of senior living organizations, including Benchmark and Epoch, two of New England’s top assisted living chains.

August 12, 2013
GeriJoy Wins CorpStarter North American Venture Competition, Rises to International Stage
GeriJoy won first prize out of 78 competing companies at the CorpStarter North American Venture Competition finale, which took place in New York City on August 8. GeriJoy, which provides virtual companions for eldercare, was just featured on national TV the day before, on CNBC’s Power Pitch.

August 12, 2013
GeriJoy CEO Victor Wang Presents on CNBC’s Power Pitch, Gets Voted “In” by Expert Judges
GeriJoy was recently featured on the “Power Pitch” segment of CNBC’s Power Lunch, a popular national television show for business-minded viewers and people interested in investing in startup companies. The Power Pitch expert judges voted an overall “in” on GeriJoy.

July 31, 2013
GeriJoy’s Talking Dog for Senior Care is Joined by Talking Cat Companion
GeriJoy announced today that its virtual talking dog companion for the elderly is now also available as a cat, and that as a promotion until August 8, 2013, all new subscribers who select the cat companion will receive an additional free month of service. GeriJoy’s virtual talking companions provide senior companion care services through 24/7 companionship, intelligent conversation facilitated by trained staff, and connection to family through photos and updates.

July 16, 2013
GeriJoy to Exhibit at Dementia Care Event at Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2013 in Boston
GeriJoy will exhibit its virtual senior companion at Booth 17 at the Dementia Care event during the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) in Boston, MA on Wednesday, July 17th, 2013. The annual international conference will take place at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center this year, and will feature thousands of the world’s leading dementia researchers and their new discoveries and innovative ideas.

June 26, 2013
GeriJoy CEO Victor Wang’s TEDMED Talk Released Publicly on
At the TEDMED 2013 conference, GeriJoy CEO and Founder Victor Wang presented a rousing talk about the critical state of senior care in the US, and about GeriJoy’s innovative solution: virtual senior companion care services in the form of talking pet avatars. GeriJoy announced today that the talk has been released publicly, and can be found online at

June 13, 2013
Complimentary 24/7 Senior Care Companion Services from GeriJoy in Honor of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
GeriJoy, an MIT startup that provides 24/7 virtual companions for the elderly, announced today that in honor of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, all GeriJoy Companion subscriptions started on June 15 will receive an additional free month of service. Besides improving mental health for elders and providing peace of mind for caregivers, the GeriJoy Companion has been instrumental in detecting and preventing senior abuse, and the company has begun service enhancements focused on this enormous global issue.

May 22, 2013
Talking Dog Research: MIT Startup GeriJoy and Pace University Collaborate to Determine Clinical Efficacy of Virtual Companions for Senior Care
GeriJoy provides virtual talking dogs as companions for the elderly. Following anecdotal evidence of GeriJoy’s senior companionship service improving mental health and even rolling back Alzheimer’s, Pace University will begin a research study this summer to determine the clinical efficacy of the GeriJoy Companion system.

May 20, 2013
MIT Startup GeriJoy and its Talking Dog Selected by US Senate Special Committee on Aging to Demo Virtual Elder Care Companions in Washington, DC
MIT startup GeriJoy’s virtual “talking dog” companions for the elderly will be featured at the Healthy Aging Forum in Washington, DC this Thursday. Organized by the US Senate Special Committee on Aging, the event will feature demos from top innovators in technology and healthcare for older Americans.

April 29, 2013
GeriJoy’s Virtual Elder Care Companions to be Available for Chinese Seniors and Families; CEO Victor Wang Visits China as Part of Exclusive Entrepreneurial Delegation
At the TEDMED 2013 conference, GeriJoy CEO Victor Wang announced that GeriJoy plans to offer its virtual senior care companion service in other languages, such as Chinese. Wang is visiting China this week as part of an exclusive delegation organized by Hanhai Investment to meet with industry leaders and high level government officials at a variety of Chinese cities, concluding in Beijing at the International Technology Transfer Congress 2013.

April 16, 2013
Talking Dog Saves Senior, Inspires MIT Startup GeriJoy to Provide Improved Senior Supervision and Emergency Alerts Through its 24/7 Virtual Elderly Companion Services
GeriJoy announced today that their virtual elder care companions will feature improved supervisory and emergency notification capabilities, in response to an incident in which the GeriJoy Companion saved a senior from abuse. The company, founded at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, provides family-oriented conversation and always-available companionship for elderly people through virtual avatars which take the form of lovable pets.

December 24, 2012
GeriJoy’s virtual, talking dog wants to keep your loved ones company this holiday season
MIT-based company GeriJoy launches virtual companionship service for seniors suffering from loneliness

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