GeriJoy Appoints Kim V. Coleman, J.D. to Advisory Board

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GeriJoy announced today the appointment of Kim V. Coleman, J.D., as an advisor to the GeriJoy executive team. Kim currently serves as Lead Deputy Public Guardian in Santa Clara County, CA.

Kim V. Coleman, J.D., Lead Deputy Public Guardian of Santa Clara County, CA

Kim V. Coleman, J.D., Lead Deputy Public Guardian of Santa Clara County, CA

GeriJoy...the high bar in senior care has been set.

Kim V. Coleman, J.D. coordinates financial and medical care of older adults with dementia and other major illnesses, and as Lead Deputy Public Guardian of Santa Clara County, California, she leads a team that handles the conservatorship needs of the county’s 1.8 million residents. GeriJoy, a privately-owned company focused on improving quality of life for seniors, today appointed her to its board of advisors.

"I welcome the opportunity to act as an advisor at GeriJoy," commented Kim, "GeriJoy's mission to improve the quality of life for seniors offers a great opportunity to make sure elders can remain independent in their retirement."

The GeriJoy Companion is a technology-enabled service that employs specially-trained remote caregivers to offer 24x7 companionship, supervision, and clinical support for older adults, improving care, increasing peace of mind, and lowering overall cost of care.

Kim said of the GeriJoy Companion, "Elders crave healthy relationships and GeriJoy's lifeline assists elders in feeling valued, respected, and safe to reach out for help. GeriJoy offers the best alternative to human touch: the high bar in senior care has been set."

With a jurist doctorate from New College of California's School of Law, Kim's legal experience ranges from lobbying on specific legislative issues in Washington, DC, to advocacy on consumer products and services issues with the District Attorney's office in Santa Clara. After nearly a decade as a Public Guardian, Kim has deep expertise in responding to elder abuse, judicial matters, clinical advocacy, communicating with cognitively impaired conservatees, and educating adult children. She is particularly interested in preventing telephone and financial scams directed at elders.

Born in San Francisco, CA, Kim Coleman graduated from University of California at Santa Cruz, where she received a B.A. in Political Science. She entered the Public Interest Law School program at New College of California, focused on probate and estate planning and social justice. Later, Kim received a certificate of completion from the Institute of Geriatric Social Work at Boston University's School of Social Work. In 2012, Kim completed an entrepreneurial training program at California State University at Monterey Bay. She is a member of the California Association of Public Administrators, Public Guardians, and Public Conservators.

About GeriJoy
GeriJoy makes dementia care cost-effective and joyful. GeriJoy's specially-trained remote caregivers offer 24x7 companionship, supervision, and clinical support for older adults through tablet-based avatars, improving care, increasing peace of mind, and lowering overall cost of care. The avatars appear as adorable talking pets, allowing GeriJoy to build joyful friendships with people who are otherwise difficult to engage due to cognitive, memory, or behavioral issues. The startup has won numerous accolades from organizations like AARP, TEDMED, and the US Senate, and is currently being deployed at leading care providers across the US. See GeriJoy in action at http://gerijoy.com/video#CustomerStories.

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