social isolation

By Dave Muoio 11:47 am September 24, 2020
Papa, a Miami-grown startup using technology to coordinate in-home senior companionship, has notched $18 million in new funding. The Series B round was led by Comcast Ventures, but also included names like Canaan, Initialized Capital, Sound Ventures, Pivotal Ventures with Magnify Ventures, Operator Partners and others. WHAT IT DOES Papa's platform connects college and nursing students with...
By Mallory Hackett 12:26 pm August 5, 2020
SCAN Health Plan and Rally Health have teamed up to launch an interactive digital platform for SCAN’s senior members. On the Rally platform, members will be able to join online social groups, set and work towards wellness goals and get information about relevant health topics. It offers a four-pronged approach towards health, which includes care, wellness, coaching and rewards. Within the...
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...

Gene Gilmer, 90, participates in an online video chat clinical trial to see if regular conversation can stave off dementia, Feb. 6, 2019. Credit: OHSU/Kristyna Wentz-Graff.

By Dave Muoio 02:03 pm March 21, 2019
Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) are conducting a clinical trial that explores whether regular tech-enabled conversations might fend off dementia or other cognitive conditions related to cognitive decline among socially isolated seniors. According to a release from the school, the Internet-based Conversational Clinical Trial (I-CONECT) has been running at full steam...