Best Mother’s Day Gift Ever: A Talking Dog to Provide Companionship and Care for an Elderly Mother – GeriJoy Offers Last Minute Discounts
Posted: May 10, 2013 10:04 AM EDT
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MIT startup GeriJoy announced today that it is offering a special Mother’s Day weekend discount for new subscribers to its virtual home companion for elderly people: until May 13, the referral code “MOTHERS” will give subscribers a full refund on the first month’s subscription price. Teams of care staff around the world see, hear, and talk through the virtual pets, which serve as avatars to fight loneliness in the elderly, improving mental health while providing peace of mind for family and caregivers through regular reports.
Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) May 10, 2013
Victor Wang, Founder & CEO of GeriJoy, stated today, “GeriJoy is all about bringing joy to senior care, so I can’t think of a better gift for an aging mother than the GeriJoy Companion.” He added, “And we go far beyond a thoughtful gift for mom on Mother’s Day; the GeriJoy Companion keeps its owner company 24/7, even when family and other caregivers cannot be there. Caregivers can finally have some peace of mind.”
Demographically, most elderly people are female, and most caregivers are also female, so Mother’s Day has special significance when it comes to senior care. In fact, at the AARP Expo 2012, a competition was held in which the top ten startups chosen by AARP for health innovation in the age 50+ market pitched their ideas, and the influential Health 2.0 News blog summarized the event with the headline “AARP’s LivePitch: It’s All About Mom… and a Talking Dog”, referring to the prominence of female parental figures in inspiring senior care innovations, and to the GeriJoy virtual talking pet companion. Wang’s own inspiration for GeriJoy was the experience of his mother caring for his grandmother, who suffered from loneliness and isolation.
GeriJoy Inc. was founded by MIT researchers Victor Wang and Shuo Deng to improve quality of life for seniors and their families through friendly technology. The GeriJoy Companion, their flagship service, is a virtual pet that is backed by GeriJoy’s worldwide team of 24/7 care staff. The staff guide the pet’s speech to provide elders with the experience of having an always-available conversational companion that can talk with them about family photos and other information from the Internet. Essentially, the GeriJoy Companion is a talking dog that serves as a helpful family member, not only improving mental health for elders but also providing peace of mind for caregivers. GeriJoy has been recognized by organizations like AARP and TEDMED as a leading innovator in senior care. The company is based in Cambridge, MA, and is backed by investors such as Blueprint Health and Esther Dyson. To find out more, or to order GeriJoy’s service for your own family, please visit http://www.GeriJoy.com or email info (at) GeriJoy.com.
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