Market landscape map of tech-enabled senior care products captures the energy and creativity driving this emerging sector.

Market landscape map of tech-enabled senior care products captures the energy and creativity driving this emerging sector.

Since we’ve been in the US, the number of tech-enabled products designed to better serve older populations has skyrocketed. It’s great when some much-needed shape to this fast-moving sector emerges.

Gerontologist, Keren Etckin, who writes the blog,recently published a comprehensive update – and it’s exciting to see the breadth of innovation across the eldercare ecosystem.

As you can see, Mentia is in Keren’s ‘cognitive’ category. Keren also draws a link between Deva World and voice-enabled devices.

By the way…

This is a great time to introduce you to our wonderful Deva-in-the-Field, Kathy Helgerson. Kathy is bringing Deva to residential communities in the La Crosse region of Wisconsin. Drop us a line if you would like Kathy to visit your community.

Mentia and Spiro100 expand, together, to bring greater value to their wellness programs

Mentia and Spiro100 expand, together, to bring greater value to their wellness programs

Two dynamic young companies in the senior-tech space, Mentia and Spiro100, announced their strategic partnership today. Mentia is the maker of the first dementia-friendly digital world, Deva World, and Spiro100 is the producer of the largest original library of senior wellness classes. Spiro100’s foothold in senior living communities and recent expansion to in-home use aligned perfectly with Mentia’s ability to embed wellbeing support therapies into its immersive interactive 3D platform and deliver it via touchscreen tablets to the point of care. The companies see themselves as amongst the first to spot an alignment in the expanding field of well-being technologies for seniors.

How will the integration happen? “We’ve built a story around Spiro’s beautiful modules”, Salomon says. “Deva World is all about context. Players find the television in the bedroom. The supporter gives cues to help clients reach their destination if needed. Once they turn on the TV, the screen expands, and they can do the class together, cheered on by Julie, the inworld companion.

The collaboration broadens each other’s market: for Mentia, adding the exercise and wellness modules to its virtual home means that care staffs have additional activities for their clients at the point of care. While Spiro100, whose programs are usually done in groups, gets to connect with cognitively isolated individuals at home, a group that is normally hard
to reach.

Mentia’s Co-founder and CEO, Mandy Salomon, commented, “Streaming high-quality wellbeing programs like Spiro’s is an exciting step for us as we’ve always seen Deva World as a place for scaling expertise. Our vision is to bring a broad range of curated person-centered activities onto the Deva platform for caregivers’ easy and affordable access. The cognitive scaffolding of our virtual world means clients spend more time with the content, which is meaningful for families and providers. Also, we capture a global view of digital activities undertaken in the home, where as standalone apps create data silos.”

For Spiro’s Co-founder Alex Rochestie, the draw card was Deva’s game-like setting and having a new distribution channel for its programs. “Our mission is to change cultural beliefs around aging by offering wellness programming to seniors that allows them to live a longer and healthier life. Beyond the technology, which we consider first class, the Deva World platform is opening avenues to seniors living with dementia in profound ways. As a premium content producer in the active aging space we know creating content and offering our videos to older adults can have an impact on people’s lives. Things get exponentially more exciting when we can put our content in the hands of care professionals working in the real world. The partnership was a no-brainer for us, and we are thrilled to explore a brave new Deva World of opportunities with Mentia going forward.”

Longevity health tech advisor, Tom Bang, CEO of The Bang Group, credited for introducing the pair, sees the partnership as a positive indicator that the senior-tech market sees value in collaborating. “This kind of collaboration accelerates adoption of their solutions and in turn the longevity market, benefitting all participants, including the seniors who need it most”, says Bang. “It’s a delight to be involved with these vibrant innovative companies.”

The new Deva World release, with Spiro100’s exercise modules embedded, is scheduled for mid-March.

Using Deva World in long-term care and care-at-home settings. Here’s what we found:

Using Deva World in long-term care and care-at-home settings. Here’s what we found:

While client reports are commercial-in-confidence, we can nonetheless share some general findings.

We made a Greek language and culture version for St Basil’s, a community in Adelaide, South Australia. Here we see a participant interacting with religious icons in a book she discovered in the living room.

Key takeaways

Ninety percent of point-of-care staff reported that Deva World increased understanding of their people and 85% noticed a mood lift. 75% reported increased cooperation. All participants reported increased skill sets. 95% expressed the wish to continue using Deva World. The Australian trial showed that Deva can readily cater to diverse cultures and languages.

On the practical side, the program was easy to set up, the technology was robust and our care staff training program got the thumbs up.

Administrators found the dashboard made navigation across the roll-out easy to track. 99% of participants expressed a desire to keep using Deva.

Staff comments

  • “Deva World is a care companion tool. ”
  • “a tool to use for residents with dementia which can create conversation and stimulates the use of memories and the use of technology”
  • “it’s a very good program to build better trust and find out about their lives and what they really like to do”
  • “fantastic tool to show and remember their daily activities”
  • “it is very good on engaging residents if you don’t have the confidence to sit down and talk with a resident. For a new carer coming on board, it assists them to get to know the resident.”
  • “by using the tool, it engages the resident with the carer, builds bonds.

Next steps

Both care staff and participants have asked us for more content. Their requests are the basis of our 2019 roadmap.

Mentia selected as a ‘High impact startup in the aging-technology sector’

Mentia selected as a ‘High impact startup in the aging-technology sector’

We are honored to be recognized by Sompo, the Japanese wellbeing company, along with innovation network, Aging2.0 as ‘high-impact startup’ in the aging-tech sector. The announcement was made at Aging 2.0’s Optimize Conference, one of the most world’s most anticipated events in the tech-for-aging calendar. Mentia joined eight other companies who share the mission to solve the care complexities experienced by our elders.

Introducing Deva World to Aging 2.0 delegates at November 2018’s Optimize conference , San Francisco

Welcome to our first Deva-in-the-Field

Welcome to our first Deva-in-the-Field

Mentia is excited to announce our first “Deva in the Field”, Kathy Helgerson, from SimpleSteps Technology LLC.  Ms. Helgerson is a technology advocate for older adults in the Wisconsin & Minnesota regions. Kathy will be introducing Deva World to people impacted by dementia along with their caregivers. In addition, she’ll provide caregiver training on the use of Deva World and digital therapy in general for those with dementia.

Kathy Helgerson takes a Brookdale community in La Crosse through the Deva program

Deva World is the first digital immersive cloud-based platform that delivers scalable, affordable best-practice therapies to people impacted by dementia and their care partners anywhere, anytime, across the care continuum.

“I strive to enrich and enhance the lives of our dynamic aging gracefully population”, said Kathy.  “With today’s technologies, I provide a promising future for cognitive health and wellness.”

“We are very excited to be working with Kathy”, said Mentia CEO Mandy Salomon.  “As our first Deva in the Field, Kathy spearheads the new movement of independent advocates bringing digitally-based care companion tools to front end care staff and families within their local communities.”

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