Dallas Startup teleCalm Gets the Chance to Pitch its Senior’s Phone Service

A Dallas startup named teleCalm, which provides a novel phone service aimed at protecting Alzheimer’s sufferers from the curse of telephone marketers and scammers, has achieved recognition for its efforts. Its been chosen to present its offering at the AARP Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch – a “one-day pitch competition for emerging startups in the healthy living space with a focus on caregiving,” the company said.

teleCalm was one of just 14 companies selected from more than 200 health tech startups that applied for a place at the AARP Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch.

teleCalm’s primary feature is that its able to protect the 5.3 million seniors living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The service uses special software to automatically identify and block calls from salespeople and spammers, while ensuring that friends and loved ones can keep in touch. The service also offers an active caller dashboard that lets seniors and caregivers know who’s calling, as well as set the phone to “silent” during specified hours if the user wishes to remain undisturbed while sleeping, for example. In addition, all of these features (and more) can be managed via the caregiver’s smartphone.

“teleCalm helps seniors retain their dignity and confidence to continue living in place, while reducing everyday stress for their caregivers,” said Tavis Schriefer, cofounder and president of teleCalm.

“I had the opportunity to be my Mom’s primary caregiver for five years,” Schriefer continued. “I came up with the idea during that time, as I learned quite a bit about the daily challenges associated with onset dementia.”

Schriefer added that he and his team have been busy boostrapping teleCalm since last year and are currently holding talks with early-stage investors ahead of a private beta launch that’s set for next month.

Mike Wheatley