Monthly Scoop: September 2015

Thanks to the many of you who came out for our first meeting of the year! Even though Senator Jehlen was unable to attend, I hope that you were able to learn some concrete information about the types of senior housing in the state.

And we look forward to hearing from Senator Jehlen on October 21.

New Website

A huge thank you to new board member Sylvia Lewinstein, who with the help of board members Katie Kelley and Kelly Marcella totally redesigned our website, which we debuted last night. Check it out here. We are still working out a few kinks in the system, and we also welcome your feedback on any aspect of the website.

We are particularly looking for more members to contribute paragraphs and photos for our “Careers” page, which highlights the range of jobs that Boston Bridge members have. Please email bostonbridgeinc@gmail.com if you would like to be on this page and to give any website feedback. We are especially looking for a range of careers, so if you feel like your job or profession is not well represented in the group we really want to hear from you!

Upcoming Events

It’s almost fall, which means that our collective calendars are filling up.

On Saturday, October 3, Sacred Threads is hosting a morning of conversation about living with Alzheimer’s and support for caregivers. The flyer is here.

Attached is a flyer from Roberta Robinson about a program hosted by the Cambridge Somerville Alzheimer’s Partnership (CSAP) on Saturday, October 24 in Cambridge.

Register today for a conference on Thursday, November 12th called “Toward a Dementia-Inclusive Community” sponsored by Jewish Family & Children’s Services.

The Encore Boston Network is hosting an expo on Wednesday, November 18th at Boston College. This is a free event featuring over 30 organizations that relate to aging.

 

Seniors in the Media

I’ve mentioned the Advanced Style blog and movie many times in these emails, and now there is Advanced Style for Men! Check out the short video.

The rapper Big Sean released a new song called One Man Can Change the World, where he “reflects on the positive influences in his life, the struggles he faced throughout his journey, and the influence his grandmother had on his life.” His grandmother’s voice is even featured on the song! Read the lyrics and the watch video here.

Here is an article about the country’s oldest living triplets celebrating their 95th birthday.

And here is an article and short video about Baddie Winkle, a spunky 87 year old who has become an Instagram success, and you will see why.

And this is a short video of older British women giving advice about the challenges and new pressures the current generation faces.

And finally, our own local town of Brookline was featured on CBS Sunday Morning in a segment on the 101 year old owner of a candy shop

Senior Housing

I recently came across a housing and aging report which is well worth a look. See AgingReport2012.

And I have also attached a PDF of the presentation: Senior Housing in MA that I gave last night on senior housing types for your reference.

A few more items—–

Boston Bridge is proud to co-sponsor the MA Gerontology Association’s Fall Policy Forum on Friday, October 23. The topic is “The Aging Network: Challenges and Opportunities for Emerging Leaders” – that’s us! Please click here for more info.
Boston ElderINFO is hosting a speaker series on Corporate Social Responsibility for the Caregiver Workforce on Wednesday, September 30. Boston Bridge member Sarah Wright is a panelist! Read more and register here.
And attached is the MA LGBT Aging Commission Report. It is full of rich information about the history and current status of LGBT seniors in our state, and ways we can all work to make their aging process as smooth and supported as possible.

 

We will see many of you on October 21.

Elana Kieffer