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Virtual Caregiving And Companionship Application ‘Briocare’ Announces Launch

10/16/2020

Frisco, TX – Briocare, a new simple and safe smart voice caregiver application that helps older adults age in place  while providing peace of mind to their families, today announces its official launch. For use on Amazon Alexa connected devices, Briocare ensures older adults stay on top of their medical care plans, enjoy engaging content and stay connected with friends and families.

Aging in place – what goes around comes around -- maybe

Aging in place – the latest trend. Rant on.  People want to age in place – just ask them, as AARP did in 2018.  Of course, in the not-cited part of that survey, only 59% expected to be able to do so. Little did they know that a pandemic was coming, that visiting with aging family would become a nightmare – with people unable to see their relatives for many months.  The death rates from Covid-19 (or with Covid-19) of seniors in nursing homes and assisted living were horrific on the one hand and daunting to prospective move-ins.  So by late 2020, EVERYBODY wants to age in place – an unprecedented trend, says Rock Health – and health innovators have taken note.

Five Offerings from the RockHealth Aging in Place Report

Venture interest in Aging in Place – is it a turning point?  RockHealth, the "first venture fund dedicated to digital health”, has declared this year a turning point in the market of offerings for older adults (aka baby boomers, particularly those 65+).  In their September, 2020 Aging in Place report, the authors note that demographics, regulatory and policy changes (aka reimbursement via Medicare Advantage plans), and Covid-19’s boosted use of digital health combine to make this a pivotal point.  The oldest baby boomer, it should be mentioned, is 74 now, but the youngest is 56 and may have aging parents who could benefit, depending on health status, from these five offerings from that report. All text is from the websites of the vendors:

What is the Future of Remote Care Technology and Older Adults?

Lots of talk about remote care technologies -- but will the 2020 crisis convert to actual technology change?   So much has changed in recent months as a result of Covid-19 -- startling changes that previously were incremental.  Consider reimbursement for telehealth technologies, a wave of free engagement software,  distribution of tablets to senior centers and Echo Dots to senior living, to remote care voice tech for high needs seniors and government-funded competition to combat social isolation.  And no doubt that's just a subset of what's happening as frantic attempts are made to close gaps in communication, care delivery, safety, social isolation and more.  

Venture Capital Pioneer Alan Patricof and Wellness Executive Abby Miller Levy Launch Primetime Partners

07/29/2020

Abby Miller Levy, a wellness executive and founder, and Alan Patricof, one of America’s most iconic investors, co-founder of Greycroft with $2B in AUM and founder of Apax Partners with $50B in AUM, announce the launch of Primetime Partners. The venture capital firm will focus on seed and early-stage investments in products, services, technologies and experiences for the aging, including aging in place, financial security for retirees, care management, longevity health services, and enriching consumer experiences for this underserved population.

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