Fighting Isolation With Video Visits

This post was written by Generus Founder and CEO Jamie Larson and was featured on the NCOA blog


Fighting Isolation With Video Visits


Many older adults, especially those in nursing homes or long-term care facilities, are unable to have visitors because of the pandemic. My company, Generus, invites you to join us in creating uplifting and inspiring virtual stories for anyone not receiving visitors right now. We call them “Video Visits” and they are now a YouTube library of 1-3 minute personal messages from community members sharing a story, a song, or a how-to. They are incredibly heartwarming no matter what age you are but we have many requests and need more stories from older adults. We hope you will consider helping us by telling your story on video and viewing the videos community members have made for you.


Why Video Visits?


When people ask me why I started this initiative, I tell them about my grandmother who cared for me in my early years. I was so excited when she would get home from work and we would drive around the local “Tasty Freeze” for Coke and french fries every afternoon. She walked to work every morning before the sun came up so she could leave early in the afternoon to take care of me.


With the separation necessary during COVID-19, it seems like anything we can do to help each other feel connected and loved is worth it. It might be a simple thing recording a little message, but in individual homes, in senior care facilities, and nursing homes we are hearing more and more how much people appreciate these thoughtful endeavors. In memory care units in particular, medical staff tell us Video Visits are helpful when residents see themselves on film, see family members on film, or watch any video that triggers a memory for them.


Please join us and share a memory that might be helpful and brighten someone’s day or watch these videos by typing into your web browser: The playlists offer lots of choices. Don’t miss the videos from high school and college students around the world that helped make this initiative possible.


Make your own Video Visit


Here’s how to get involved if you are interested in volunteering to create a Video Visit of your own:

  1. Record a video on your phone (horizontal position)

  2. Then from your phone, open a web browser and go to and click “VideoVisit”

  3. There is a link that says To Share: “CLICK HERE”

  4. Then you just select your video and that’s it.


If you do not have a phone with video available, you can also email us at and we can schedule a call over Zoom to record your video.

We hope to hear from you soon!


MassChallenge Rhode Island Announces 2020 Cohort

This article (and image) is courtesy of MassChallenge. The original article can be found on the MassChallenge website.

30 early-stage, high-impact startups to access global network of support and resources. Two dates set for the public to connect with the new cohort online.


JUNE 2, 2020 (PROVIDENCE, RI) – MassChallenge, a global network of zero-equity startup accelerators, today announced the 30 early-stage startups invited to participate in the 2020 MassChallenge Rhode Island program. Selected by a community of more than 100 expert judges, this year’s cohort is extremely competitive and represents the top 10% of applications from around the world. “Congratulations to the 30 incredible companies accepted into our 2020 cohort,” said Hope Hopkins, Managing Director of MassChallenge Rhode Island. “MassChallenge has a longstanding mandate of empowering entrepreneurs – this year, that mandate is critical: we look forward to working with you closely and ensuring that you are successful agents of progress.” “Hasbro is excited to partner with MassChallenge Rhode Island again this year.  As a homegrown Rhode Island company where innovation is our lifeblood, we understand the needs of startups and how important access to the mentorship, funding opportunities, and curriculum are to help these startups set roots and grow,” Brian Chapman, President and Head of Global Design and Development, Toy/Game/Consumer Products at Hasbro stated. “We are excited to help them connect here in Rhode Island and look forward to working with these startups in developing their businesses.” At the beginning of the year MassChallenge set out to meet top startups around the globeas for this year’s program. Since March, the program’s world-class network of investors, serial entrepreneurs, corporate executives, academics, and more have evaluated the Rhode Island applicants based on each startup’s ability to demonstrate high impact and high potential in their fields. The cohort selected for this year’s Rhode Island program represent:

  • 3 Countries

  • 5 Industries

  • 37% High Tech

  • 30% Healthcare/Life Sciences

  • 13% General, Retail and Consumer Goods

  • 10% Energy/Clean Tech

  • 10% Social Impact

  • 56% of startups have a female founder

A Focus on Blue Tech

To accelerate the tools and technologies that could transform how we understand and leverage the power of the ocean, MassChallenge Rhode Island is taking the lead in launching MassChallenge’s Blue Tech track.  This pilot highlights a new focus area for the program that will help select startups from across our US-based programs explore, develop, and deploy new technologies that will help us harness the power of the ocean. It is MassChallenge’s goal to bring together maritime leaders with startups that have the ideas and tools needed to deepen our use of the ocean including aquaculture, ballast water, defense and security, fishing, logistics and supply chain, marine pharmaceuticals, and more. Participants will have access specific experts in the local Blue Tech space including government organizations, research and development centers, and innovation groups. Addressing COVID-19 To mitigate the public health risks presented by the novel coronavirus, MassChallenge Rhode Island’s 2020 accelerator will begin virtually and plans to transition to a hybrid of digital and in-person programming when the organization can ensure the health and safety of its community. Participating startups will engage in an evidence-based curriculum designed to address key challenges across the early-stage lifecycle and will receive unrivaled access to experienced mentors, a global network of experts, top corporate partners, and more – all at zero cost and for zero equity.   The public will have two opportunities to connect with the cohort the first is during the MassChallenge Virtual Startup Showcase on July 16 and 17 and the latter at the  2020 Awards ceremony to be held in October. . More information and RSVP details will be shared on the MassChallegne website when the accelerator kicks off later this month. 2020 MASSCHALLENGE RHODE ISLAND COHORT High Tech BCube Analytics (Massachusetts, USA): Remotely managing customer documents, audit & compliance. NextPet (Massachusetts, USA): Solving the lack of centralizing and sharing pet data by modernizing pet licensing and building a global pet registry. NextBurb (Massachusetts, USA): Zillow for professionals working from home Bitreel (Massachusetts, USA): Taking your in-store experience online using augmented reality. StoreyLine (New York, USA): Offering turnkey retail solutions for emerging online D2C brands to reach consumers offline without the hassle at a fraction of the cost. Mount (Massachusetts, USA): A scooter management platform run through our software + hardware that helps reduce scooter companies’ operational costs by the millions. Nautilus Defense LLC (Rhode Island, USA): Building advanced textile and composite-integrated systems for monitoring high-value assets and their environments. Hop Financial Solutions (India): HOP is a cross-border neo-banking platform with the ability to ‘Operate’, ‘Send’ and ‘Spend’, conveniently and economically, globally. NAORIS (London, UK): A holistic cybersecurity blockchain-based ecosystem which can detect known and unknown threats – cyberweapons in milliseconds. Mindcoord (Massachusetts, USA): Providing cloud-based interactive animation media services. Providing an ecosystem for animators and studios. Retail MarketPoint (Rhode Island, USA): Retail MarketPoint is a real estate technology company specializing in retail site location analytics. Healthcare / Life Sciences bosWell (Rhode Island, USA) Luminent Health LLC (Massachusetts, USA) Crosscope (California, USA): Building virtual microscope for pathologists and researchers to leverage machine learning and cloud based platform to enhance pathology workflows, accelerate image analysis and support collaboration.

Video Bridges (Massachusetts, USA) : Connecting seniors with their loved ones in a way that is empowering and allows them to perform daily tasks independently. ResusciTech (Rhode Island, USA): ResusciTech aims to give everyone the confidence and capability to perform CPR anywhere and take action during medical emergencies. Simply Speak (New York, USA): Restoring humanity to the practice of medicine by leveraging conversational-AI. VISIT (Rhode Island, USA): VISIT is a social/cognitive subscription activity kit that guides relationship-building between a caregiver and a loved one with dementia.

Flare (Pennsylvania, USA): Flare is a smart wearable device that can predict eczema flare ups. My MOC, Inc. (Rhode Island, USA): Making continuous education simple for healthcare clinicians. Energy / Clean Tech Power2Peer (Massachusetts, USA): Giving access to clean, resilient energy sourced from community micro/nano solar grids.

Geyser Remediation LLC (DBA Aqualumos) (Connecticut, USA): An integrative system for water utilities to destroy per-and polyfluoro alkyl substances (PFASs) in drinking water cost-effectively. GC USA (Rhode Island, USA): Combining graphene and aerogel to make the strongest, lightest, most resilient products ever – enhancing the quality of life. General Resprana (New York, USA): Empowering people around the world to own their air with better products to protect users against pollution and allergen exposure. Artist Republik (Rhode Island, USA): Artist Republik is a centralized network for independent artists to network, manage, market, book, and grow! Traveroo Inc. (Rhode Island, USA): Letting tour-guides create self-guided audio tours which travelers can then buy and experience.

LapSnap (Rhode Island, USA): The LapSnap is the only collapsible shopping basket specifically designed with and for wheelchair users. Social Impact Generus (Massachusetts, USA): Providing Virtual Volunteering programs for companies to keep employees connected and empower good corporate citizenship. Nurture (California, USA): Nurture is co-living for families. We rent houses in areas w/ great schools & short commutes, then sublet bedrooms to 2-3 families we match. Inventing Heron (Rhode Island, USA): A web-based career resource that takes a radically personal and empathetic approach to career discovery.

MassChallenge Rhode Island Partners AMICA, Delta Dental of Rhode Island, FM Global, Hasbro, JP Morgan, MITRE, Rhode Island Commerce Corporation

About MassChallenge MassChallenge is a global network of zero-equity startup accelerators. Headquartered in the United States with locations in Boston, Israel, Mexico, Rhode Island, Switzerland, and Texas, MassChallenge is committed to strengthening the global innovation ecosystem by supporting high-potential startups across all industries, from anywhere in the world. To date, more than 2,400 MassChallenge alumni have raised more than $6.2B in funding, generated more than $3B in revenue, and created more than 157,000 total jobs. Learn more about MassChallenge at