Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) September 08, 2013
GeriJoy announced today a special Grandparents Day promotion for its virtual senior companion service. Victor Wang, Founder & CEO of GeriJoy, stated, "My grandmother motivated me to bring GeriJoy to the world. Every day, millions of Americans worry about a grandparent's health, isolation, or safety. GeriJoy can help relieve that stress while enriching the life of the grandparent and providing a channel of communication with family. So happy Grandparents Day!"
The GeriJoy Companion is a virtual companion for elderly people, designed to keep its owner company 24/7 as a way of supplementing family and caregiver interactions. Family members and caregivers have peace of mind through regular reports, and elders benefit from reduced loneliness.
Research shows that loneliness in seniors is a significant risk factor for depression, dementia and even death. Elderly people don’t have to be alone to suffer from loneliness; in fact, feelings of loneliness are highly prevalent in senior care facilities such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
To take advantage of GeriJoy’s promotion, valid through the week of Grandparents Day, new subscribers for GeriJoy’s virtual home companion may enter the referral code "GRANDPARENT", which will result in a refund of the first month’s subscription fee, effectively extending the free trial period that GeriJoy ordinarily offers.
Marian McQuade of West Virginia founded Grandparents Day, making it her goal to educate the youth about the important contributions seniors have made throughout history. On August 3, 1978, then-President Jimmy Carter signed the official legislation that proclaimed the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. The statute states that the day's purpose is "to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children's children, and to help children become aware of strength, information, and guidance older people can offer."
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 and companion for the elderly 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, TEDMED, and the US Senate 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 or senior care organization, please visit http://www.GeriJoy.com or email info(at)GeriJoy(dot)com.