Monthly Scoop: May 2015

May 2015

Good morning Boston Bridge!

A big thank you to Al Norman of Mass Home Care who taught us about the advocacy work and lobbying that he and his network do to ensure that MA seniors can live independently in their homes as long as possible without breaking the bank. This was our last official program for the year, but we will be having a special members-only event in June, with details forthcoming. We have over 50 members to date!  Below are a host of articles and resources for you all to enjoy this lovely May day.

Articles

  • This Guardian article is about recent hopeful research on Alzheimer’s disease.
  • This NY Times article is about a test that distinguish between regular memory loss and dementia.
  • This is President Obama’s proclamation for Older Americans Month.
  • This one is about playgrounds for seniors!
  • Attached is an article about a wave of older women who are making it big in the fashion industry.
  • And we spoke last night about the new state administration, and with that comes a new secretary of elder affairs! Read about Alice Bonner here.
For your viewing pleasure
  • Elders react to Snapchat. See for yourself.
  • And this is a sweet video (featuring a few older adults) that shows us that love doesn’t have to have labels.

 

Upcoming Events 
Potpourri
StoryCorps has a Memory Loss Initiative to support those with memory loss to record and share their stories. This may be a project to bring to your organizations. 
 
And the winner of this year’s Affordable Housing Development Competition was a group of graduate students who worked with Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly to propose a senior building in Newton! You can read the full (and impressive) proposal here
 
Thank you to each of you for making this a successful year, and for solidifying a successful affiliation with MIT and the AgeLab. Be on the lookout for exciting changes to our website, and over the summer we will send out dates for next year! In the meantime, keep on doing the important work you are doing with and for older adults. 
 
All the best,
Elana and the rest of the Boston Bridge board