MIT Startup GeriJoy and its Talking Dog Selected by US Senate Special Committee on Aging to Demo Virtual Elder Care Companions in Washington, DC

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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.

GeriJoy Companion: Two illustrations of the GeriJoy Companion running on a tablet: one striking a pose and the other showing an example of a family photo.

GeriJoy Companion

We are honored that the Senate Aging Committee selected GeriJoy for this celebratory expo. We stand ready to serve and to benefit the nation and its aging population.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Older Americans Month, the US Senate Special Committee on Aging will be holding a Healthy Aging Forum on Thursday, May 23rd, from 10 AM to 1 PM in the Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Building. According to the public invitation by the Senate Aging Committee, the forum will feature "interactive demonstrations of homes designed for the aging, exercises geared to seniors, video games used for seniors' physical and mental fitness, and even a virtual dog who acts as a personal companion." The last refers to the GeriJoy Companion.

In a press statement, GeriJoy CEO Victor Wang said, "We are honored that the Senate Aging Committee selected GeriJoy for this celebratory expo. We stand ready to serve and to benefit the nation and its aging population."

Since President Kennedy designated the first Older Americans Month, innovations in technology and health care have helped Americans live healthier lives. The Senate Aging Committee sought leading innovators in the field of healthy aging to help Senators and their staff learn about some of these innovations and explore ways to improve the health and well-being of older Americans. Having a “hands on” experience gives members and staff a unique perspective into the work that the innovators do every day for seniors and how government can help reduce health care costs.

About GeriJoy

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.

About US Senate Special Committee on Aging

The U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging serves as the focal point in the Senate for discussion and debate on matters relating to older Americans. The committee is chaired by U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL).

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