We live in a very exciting time for senior care. The combination of a quickly aging population, robust purchasing power, innovative technology and venture capitalists wanting in on the action is a recipe for some incredibly useful tools for older adults and caregivers alike. A plethora of emerging companies have been welcomed by Aging2.0, a program designed to nurture and accelerate a select group of startups, and have our senses tingling with anticipation as well. These companies have all been selected for the highly competitive Aging2.0 Academy where they will receive support, mentorship, and introductions to investors and customers to help them accomplish their goals. Some of these companies are up and running, others are still in beta. The future of senior care is here and we will be watching these emerging companies very closely. Here are some of our favorites.
Care Monster is a caregiving app that supports family communication and encourages engagement when it comes to the care of a loved one.
CareMerge is a care coordination platform that forges meaningful connections between providers, payers, families and seniors to improve communication in today’s complex healthcare environment.
GeriJoy provides 24/7 companionship, supervision, and care management support through senior care avatars; improving quality of care, increasing safety, and lowering cost.
Fall Detection/ Prevention
Active Protective produces smart garments that reduce hip fractures in the elderly by deploying micro-airbags to protect the hip in the event of a fall.
WalkJoy is a wearable device which reduces falls for patients with peripheral neuropathy by restoring the sensory feedback loop. The WalkingHealth software provides objective gait analysis, fall risk prediction and functional outcome data to therapists.
Tablets and Phones
Breezie is a simplified, personalized tablet interface designed for seniors and those less familiar with technology.
Gociety creates software that simplifies the smart phones interface for older adults. Their products, GoLivePhone® and GoLiveAssist®, are easily accessible and highly affordable.
Senior Care Planning
Everplans is the first comprehensive digital planning platform that allows families to create, store and share essential end-of-life wishes and emergency plans.
Vynca is a digital health company that provides cloud-based software for Advance Care Planning.
Smartstones is the world’s first wearable, sensorial communication device, which connects family members and friends through simple gesture-based messages. *As a mom and a family caregiver, I can't wait for this one to go to market.*
We will be following these companies and will continue to provide updates on the products and services they offer. In the meantime, if you have experience with any of these services or products, please let us know in the comments below.
For a complete list of companies selected for the Aging2.0 Academy, visit the Aging2.0 website.