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.

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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

It is truly inspiring to see in this case study exactly how the GeriJoy Companion builds long-term friendships that are not only beneficial for older adults with Alzheimer's and dementia, but also helpful for their children and caregivers.

Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) March 25, 2014

The latest year-long aging in place case study released by GeriJoy details how a senior with dementia, his daughter, and his entire care team have benefited from their GeriJoy Companion, an adorable, tablet-based talking pet that is supported by a team of always-available care staff.

In addition to providing pet therapy and intelligent, compassionate conversation about topics such as family photos, news, and positive memories, the GeriJoy Companion keeps a diary of its interactions with the senior and with members of the care team. The latest case study includes some of these diary entries, excerpted and summarized from thousands recorded over a year-long relationship with the virtual companion.

The case study also includes direct commentary from the daughter of the senior, a GeriJoy customer, describing how the GeriJoy Companion has benefited the family in aging-in-place care situations ranging from family caregiving, to formal home care, to adult day programs.

Victor Wang, Founder & CEO of GeriJoy, commented, "It is truly inspiring to see in this case study exactly how the GeriJoy Companion builds long-term friendships that are not only beneficial for older adults with Alzheimer's and dementia, but also helpful for their children and caregivers."

Wang had recently mentioned this case study during an Aging in America workshop in San Diego, CA, in which he described successful use cases of the GeriJoy Companion in care situations such as private duty home care, assisted living, skilled nursing dementia care, respite care, and acute care at a hospital.

View the year-long case study here: http://www.gerijoy.com/case-study-1-year-aging-in-place.html

To learn more about how virtual pet companions can be beneficial for your senior care organization, sign up for a free webinar/demo: http://www.gerijoy.com/virtual-care-companions-a-formal-caregivers-intro-to-gerijoy.html

About GeriJoy
GeriJoy was founded by MIT researchers to improve quality of life for seniors and caregivers through friendly technology. The GeriJoy Companion, their flagship service, is a virtual pet and companion for the elderly that is available 24/7 and is supported by GeriJoy’s worldwide team of remote care staff. GeriJoy's staff guide the pet’s speech to provide elders with the experience of having an always-available companion that can talk with them about family photos and other information from the Internet. Essentially, the GeriJoy Companion serves as a helpful family member, not only reducing loneliness and improving mental health for elders but also providing peace of mind and reducing stress for caregivers. GeriJoy has been recognized by organizations like AARP, TEDMED, and the US Senate as a leading innovator in senior care, and has documented benefits in care situations ranging from family caregiving to private-duty home care, assisted living, and skilled nursing dementia care. To learn more, visit http://gerijoy.com. To discuss how GeriJoy can help your organization, contact info(at)gerijoy(dot)com.