March 20: Mentoring and Networking

6:00-8:00pm
MIT Sloan School of Management, 5th Floor (Room 550)
Please note you can park at the Tang Building (2 Amherst St). (Parking is still available despite the detours.)

We will begin the evening with an overview of Boston Bridge’s great mentoring opportunities. Following this, we’ll do some structured networking so you can better get to know other Boston Bridge members. Through these activities you’ll learn more about what other members do and get support in thinking about your own future in the field of aging.

CANCELED Feb 20: End-of-life planning innovations

ALERT: Due to winter weather predicted for this evening, we will cancel tonight’s meeting. Don’t worry, though, we will revisit this topic at a future event.

6:00-8:00pm
MIT Sloan School of Management, 5th Floor (Room 550)
Please note you can park at the Tang Building (2 Amherst St). (Parking is still available despite the detours.)

Join us as we learn about two innovative approaches to helping people do end-of-life planning. Both Hello (a game) and Cake (an app) take a holistic approach to future planning, guiding folks to think about healthcare, funeral preferences, and more. We’ll get a chance to sample both and talk about how we might all play a role in promoting end-of-life planning.

Jan 16: MIT AgeLab (*special location)

6:00-8:00pm
MIT Muckley Building, 1 Amherst St., Cambridge, MA 02142, 2nd floor (Room 210)

*Note the location change (see directions below)
Parking is still available at 2 Amherst St (our usual spot)

WINTER notice: If we need to cancel due to weather, we will post on the website by noon the day of meeting

The MIT AgeLab was created in 1999 through the leadership of Dr. Joseph Coughlin to invent new ideas and creatively translate technologies into practical solutions that improve people’s health and enable them to “do things” throughout the lifespan. Today, the MIT AgeLab is a multidisciplinary research program working to improve the quality of life of older adults and those who care for them. Join us for an interactive walking tour of the lab as we hear from the researchers, learn about opportunities to engage with the lab, and demo a few of their research tools and technologies.

If using an MIT map, the Muckley Building is building E40. It is located across the street from the Tang Building and on the corner of Amherst and Wadsworth St. It is also across from the Alfred P. Sloan and Hermann buildings, about 600 ft. away from the MIT Sloan School of Management building where Boston Bridge meetings are usually held. Parking is available at the Tang Building (2 Amherst St). (Parking is still available despite the detours.)

December 19: Boston Bridge Conversations

6:00-8:00pm
MIT Sloan School of Management, 5th Floor (Room 550)
Please note you can park at the Tang Building (2 Amherst St). (Parking is still available despite the detours.)

Please join us on Wednesday, December 19th for our annual BBC – Boston Bridge Conversations. For the first part of the evening, we will have small group discussions on hot topics in the field of aging. Following that, we will have extended networking time.

The discussion topics will be:

  1. What challenges do older adults face in navigating healthcare? How can we improve this experience?
  2. In dementia care, is dignity or happiness more of a priority? Is there a way to have both?
  3. How do we create environments that foster natural intergenerational connections?

November 14: Barbara Friedman (*note this is the 2nd Wednesday)

*note this month’s meeting is on the 2nd Wednesday

6:00-8:00pm
MIT Sloan School of Management, 5th Floor (Room 550)
Please note you can park at the Tang Building (2 Amherst St). (Parking is still available despite the detours.)

Join us as our very own Barbara Friedman presents a program about her career as an Intergenerational Educator. She will speak about solving social needs, and recognizing public policy imperatives, through intergenerational initiatives. Experience “Intergenerational Magic” with Boston Bridge.

October 17: Marian Knapp

6:00-8:00pm
MIT Sloan School of Management, 5th Floor (Room 550)
Please note you can park at the Tang Building (2 Amherst St). (Parking is still available despite the detours.)

Marian Knapp is a local writer and community activist who at age 70 obtained her PhD, for which she studied the total environment in which people age. She is an outspoken advocate for seniors in her community and writes a column for her local newspaper about the realities of older adulthood. Join us as she speaks with us about ageism.

September 12: Secretary Sudders

6:00-8:00pm
MIT Sloan School of Management, 5th Floor (Room 550)
Please note you can park at the Tang Building (2 Amherst St). (Parking is still available despite the detours.)

In her role as a member of Governor Charlie Baker’s cabinet, Secretary Marylou Sudders leads the largest executive agency in state government, a $19.4 billion state budget with 22-thousand dedicated public servants, and she oversees critical services that touch almost one in four residents of the Commonwealth. She will speak to Boston Bridge members about the status of older adults in Massachusetts, what the state is presently doing to further their well-being, and what we, as leaders in the field of aging, can contribute to that effort.