Boston, MA (PRWEB) September 30, 2013
In a press statement, Julie described her interest in GeriJoy, explaining that "Americans spend more money on pets than charity. Science has proven that cute pictures of animals delight the pleasure centers in the brain. Thought leaders want to solve the challenge of aging with technology, which is neither warm nor fuzzy. So what's the connection?"
She stated, "GeriJoy is the only solution that crosses the human-technology divide, bringing compassion, safety and real-time human interaction to the epic problem of caregiving by using global resources. It's brilliant, and I am thrilled to help share it."
Prior to joining GeriJoy's board of advisors, Julie co-founded Mature Caregivers, a homecare company that provides employment opportunities for older adults. She also has experience developing innovative memory preservation and enhancement programs, teaching classes on communication and dementia care, and integrating digital tools to manage individual care plans while improving the caregiver experience. Julie holds a Master of Science in Gerontology with Honors from the University of Massachusetts Boston and is a Certified Animal Assisted Therapist.
Julie’s passion for working with seniors began as a child, in her grandmother’s kitchen and in her grandfather’s greenhouse. She volunteered at a senior center in high school, and her entrepreneurial parents had a large influence on her upbringing. Her mother initiated and executed programs for seniors, replicated by churches city-wide. Her father developed and managed senior living communities in the Southeast.
After a career in technology sales, Julie took her skills to the senior care market where she quickly rose to leadership positions in sales, marketing, operations and programming. Realizing her ambition to make an even greater impact, she completed her Master’s degree in gerontology in 2012. Her thesis on brain nutrition, presented at the American Society on Aging Conference, was the impetus for the launch of the Brain Health and Wellness Center at the 2013 International Alzheimer’s Conference Boston. She currently consults in the fields of cognitive health and senior marketing, and owns a service dog named Biskit.
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.