Monthly Scoop: March 2016

Who is ready to be mentored?!
Thank you to all of the established and impressive professionals who shared their time and expertise with us last night. We hope that you will email bostonb…@gmail.com to take advantage of this important membership perk and be set up with your own mentor!

We also hope to see many of you on Wednesday, April 20th when we learn about the critical topic of caring for LGBT seniors.

And be sure to check out many other related events in and around Boston in the next month. Lectures and conferences and trainings, oh my! In particular, check out the Venture Cafe panel that Boston Bridge is co-hosting with the MIT AgeLab and Aging 2.0 on April 7th at 6:30pm at the Cambridge Innovation Center.

Let’s start with YouTube

For anyone that has not yet seen the 106 year old woman meeting the Obamas last month, now is your chance.

Per our session last month on aging and technology, these three videos show older women trying virtual reality for the first time. If you are pressed for time, at least watch the first one!

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I recently watched the film In Her Shoes, which is about 2 sisters who visit their long-lost grandmother at a retirement community. The clip here feature the residents of the community, all of whom were first-time actors!

And here is a storytelling session called Age of Dignity (in partnership with The Moth) that features an older woman talking about life after a stroke.

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It is no surprise that seniors can not only enjoy but also benefit from the arts, and this NY Times column outlines some innovative programs doing just that.

You’ve heard of boomerang kids – young adults who come back to live with their parents after college. What do you call adults in their 70s and 80s who move into their parents’ retirement communities? Read here to learn more.

And this article talks about a course at UCLA called Frontiers in Human Aging which teaches college students what it is like to actually grow old, and encourages budding gerontologists.
Happy St. Patty’s Day 🙂
Elana