Monthly Scoop: February 2016

A huge thank you to Moulay Elalamy from Benchmark Senior Living and Aging 2.0 for a thought-provoking session on aging, technology, and entrepreneurship. In an area like Greater Boston where the technology focus is so much on the “young folk”, it is heartening to hear about innovative ways that older adults can contribute to and benefit from this fast-paced industry. Be sure to sign up for their “2-pint-0 “Event on March 3 – sign up here.

Upcoming Boston Bridge Events

Mentorship Evening: Please join us on Wednesday, March 16th at 6pm for our annual mentorship event. More info can be found on website here. We hope you come even if you are not looking for a mentor right now!

EVENT! APRIL 7TH:  Baby BOOM or Bust: Planning for our grandparents through design and technology”

In light of last night’s event and our meetings being held in the innovative city of Cambridge, Boston Bridge is co-sponsoring a panel event with Venture Cafe and Aging 2.0. The panel is called “Baby BOOM or Bust: Planning for our grandparents through design and technology”. Check out the Eventbrite for more information and we hope to see many of you on April 7th at 6:30 at the Cambridge Innovation Center (almost across the street from the Sloan School).

Boston Bridge on Social Media

We have a LinkedIn group! Please join – we are all about networking at BB. We also have a Facebook group – make sure that you are a member. And we also have a Twitter handle – @bostonbridgeinc – please follow us!

Scholarship opportunity for high school students from MIT AgeLab

Once again, the MIT AgeLab is offering generous scholarships to high school students in New England who have created inter-generational programs. Applications are due on March 20th. More info can be found here. Please spread the word!

Looking for caregivers for research study

The MIT AgeLab is also working with CVS/Caremark on research to understand better the challenges faced by working adults who are a caregiver for a spouse, parent, or other adult family member. They are seeking participants to take part in a three month study to answer online surveys and participate in three phone interviews about one’s caregiving experiences. If you know caregivers who fit the following criteria, please pass along this info:

Study participants should:

– Provide care for an adult family member who cannot care fully for themselves

– Be employed at least part time

– Have access to the internet

Qualified participants that complete the study will receive $200 in gift cards. Click here to learn more and to pre-qualify. For questions, please contact the MIT AgeLab at agelabinfo@mit.edu.

Articles

This article echoes last month’s speaker Elissa Sherman’s words about the slow and rapid changes occurring in skilled nursing.

This short video showcased the world’s oldest dance troupe.

Check out the documentary Iris about the fashion icon and non-agenerian Iris Apfel. It’s streaming on Netflix!

Uber may not so “uber” after all. Read about a new app that provides personal transportation for older adults.

Speaking of German, this article explores a trend in Germany of small groups of single seniors living and aging together.

We have covered the range of senior housing in our meetings. This Globe article highlights the high-end market of the independent living sector in the state. Make sure you are contributing to your retirement accounts now!

One thing we have not covered is the role of dreams in the dying, which this article explores.

Are you looking for a housing? How about moving into a retirement community like 21-year old Haley Jenkins?

Stay warm and we will see many of you in March!

Elana