senior care

By Laura Lovett 12:58 pm October 9, 2019
This morning Papa, a startup connecting seniors to college and nursing students to stave off isolation, landed $10 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Canaan with participation from Pivotal Ventures, Initialized Capital, Y Combinator and Sound Ventures.  This comes a year after the company announced a $2.4 million seed funding round, which was led by Initialized Capital.  WHAT THEY...
By Laura Lovett 01:49 pm October 3, 2019
This morning Mon Ami, a new digital platform that links college students to seniors, announced that it has secured its first $3.4 million in seed funding. Freestyle Ventures and Cowboy Ventures led the round, with participation from Maverick Ventures, Felicis Ventures and angel investor Bruce Dunlevie.  WHAT THEY DO It all began when co-founders Madeline Dangerfield-Cha and Joy Zhang met at...
By Dave Muoio 03:12 pm May 9, 2019
Aging adults living in care homes who are given and engage with robotic pets often experience health and quality of life benefits, according to a recent meta-analysis of 19 studies examining the devices. These findings are primarily based on qualitative responses collected during the included studies. While most quantitative data obtained in the review generally supported this trend, all but an...
By Laura Lovett 03:12 pm April 15, 2019
This morning, PointClickCare announced a new mobile app dubbed the PointClickCare Companion, designed to help senior living providers track and manage the delivery of their services and medications. It is also aimed at making the billing process easier.  The new tool, which lets caregivers access patient information on an iPhone or iPad, is intended to be integrated with the PointClick Care EHR....
By Dave Muoio 09:43 am March 18, 2019
New technologies focused on communication, cognitive health and healthcare access are core to addressing the US’ ballooning senior demographic, according to a report recently published by The White House’s Task Force on Research and Development for Technology to Support Aging Adults. These areas — along with transportation, personal mobility and independent living activities — should be among the...
By Jonah Comstock 02:45 pm February 26, 2019
CareLinx, a digital health company focused on in-home care, has acquired Optimal Aging, a fledgling startup still being incubated at Providence St. Joseph Health. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. What’s the impact Optimal Aging is a program that coordinates non-clinical services like home care, transportation and meal support for accountable care organizations and Medicare Advantage...
By Dave Muoio 01:29 am January 10, 2019
This week at CES 2019, Royal Philips unveiled a new app platform that links the company’s senior care products into a single digital ecosystem for family caretakers. Called Philips Cares, the app includes a range of features to track and manage a senior’s care, such as reminders, scheduling tools and access to emergency services. “We’ve been in the business for more than four decades now. We...
By Jonah Comstock 10:01 am August 30, 2018
Fresh off the news of its acquisition by Best Buy, aging in place tech company GreatCall has announced the Jitterbug Smart2, the first update since 2016 to its line of smartphones for seniors. It was the original Jitterbug flip phone for seniors that first launched the company in 2006. Since then the company has grown to include a senior care call center and a line of personal emergency response...
By Dave Muoio 02:16 pm May 22, 2018
Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Iora Health, a digitally-enabled primary care provider that focuses on the senior Medicare population, announced yesterday that it has closed $100 million in Series E financing. This brings the company’s total funding to at least $223.5 million. Investors in the round included .406 Ventures, Devonshire Investors, F-Prime Capital, Flare Capital Partners, GE Ventures...
By Dave Muoio 02:19 pm May 15, 2018
A recent investigation of seniors with mild cognitive impairment suggested that pairing regular exercise with mental stimuli — in this case, screens depicting a virtual bike ride or an exercise-driven video game — could lead to greater cognitive benefits than prescribed exercise alone. As the final qualifying sample consisted of just 14 seniors, however, the researchers noted that a larger...