Dementia Phone Service Provider teleCalm Wins $100K Prize for Start-up Development

Dementia Phone Service Provider teleCalm Wins $100K Prize for Start-up Development
Landline-style phone service provider teleCalm will use a $100,000 award to advance its new phone service for dementia patients, which helps keep people with Alzheimer’s and related conditions safely connected with family and friends. The Diamond Award was presented by the Austin, Texas offices of MassChallenge, a U.S.-based global network of zero-equity startup accelerators that helps fund new businesses that are positioned to grow and have a positive societal impact. The six Diamond awardees, including teleCalm, were chosen from 689 applicants. In addition to helping facilitate and maintain social connections, teleCalm touts itself as being able protect against elder fraud and phone-related stress. “teleCalm’s phone service solves telephone problems increasingly faced by caregivers and seniors with dementia,” said Tavis Schriefer, teleCalm co-founder and CEO, in a press release. “Customers tell us that teleCalm provides life-changing benefits as challenges of dementia surface and progress.” People with dementia often inadvertently cause phone problems. For example, they may make inappropriate emergency (911) calls, which can strain department resources and result in family fines. Elder fraud also is particularly common among those with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia, rendering seniors particularly vulnerable to financial loss. More than 70% of elder fraud involves telephone calls and sol
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