Monthly Scoop: February 2020

Thank you to Cal Halvorsen, Assistant Professor at Boston College, who shared his work on self-employment and social entrepreneurship (interchangeable terms) in later life. It was a wonderful presentation, and an extended, stimulating discussion followed. It seems that the largest group of self-employed people are those between 75-79 years of age. Older people could be an even greater force in entrepreneurship if there were reforms making retirement saving easier, promoting opportunities for older women, and insuring universal health care. Thank you, Cal, for sharing your expertise with Boston Bridge. 

Announcements:

  • Boston Bridge Survey:
    • Here is a link to a survey that will help Boston Bridge evaluate our effectiveness in making a difference and having an impact on your career in aging. We would be very grateful if you would honestly answer these questions and submit the survey to us as soon as possible – no later than the 3rd of March. Thank you! 
  • Job Board:
    • Our website monitors our Job Board regularly and we hope you check it often. We have been successful in helping to secure positions for our members. If you are interested in sending us a job posting, please do so at bostonbridgeinc@gmail.com.
  • Membership Dues
    • New members are encouraged to join Boston Bridge! Our membership dues cycle is from September 2019 through June 2020. Dues are $30 for professionals and $20 for students. To join or to renew your membership, please click here

For Our March Meeting: March is our annual “Mentor Madness” meeting. Please join us to hear from Boston Bridge Mentors about how their own careers in aging began, and how mentoring can assist in that process. There will be time to meet with them in small groups and ask questions. You will also receive a list of our devoted Boston Bridge Mentors, from which you can choose one of your own to help guide you in your career. 

Articles

  • Housing alternatives for older persons are almost everywhere now. Co-housing,which began years ago, is having a resurgence. While similar to the Village Movement, it has some differences. (When you read the article, click on the link to “suburban Boston” to read about what is close to us). This NY Times article explains.
  • All social movements go through developmental changes, and the women’s movement is no different. This lengthy but significant article captures those changes in the women’s movement and explains the analogy between it and the present day positive aging movement. This article is from Changing Aging, a multi-blog platform that challenges conventional views of aging, founded by Dr. Bill Thomas.  
  • Bill Gates has been funding Alzheimer’s research for many years, but is frustrated with the lack of ability to diagnose and interview early onset Alzheimer disease so that it becomes easier to do research. In this blog, he indicates how people can help in his effort.  
  • With the ongoing need to support people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their caregivers, Hebrew Senior Life in Roslindale and Brown University in Providence, funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will test different care interventions in real-world settings. This NIH news release explains
  • Also from NIH, learn about how a simple app developed by an Atlanta-based group called MapHabit Inc. can assist dementia patients with daily tasks of life. Read about the new way this technology can help
  • Loneliness has been reported to be equally important in understanding aging- and health-related issues as any other medical issue. Indeed, being socially isolated has been associated with defective immune functioning, high blood pressure, stroke, and dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Read this article about how “Chronic Loneliness can Trigger Health Problems”.
  • Medicare rules have changed in relation to physical therapy treatments. Educating ourselves to be aware of the changes and to understand how to best advocate for someone in need of physical therapy can help. Read here to learn more.
  • We know about the extreme shortage of geriatricians coming out of medical schools across the country, but did you know that because of that, nurses may be the ones who care for geriatric patients? The question is whether they are able, and willing, to treat older people. This article gives some insight into that issue.
  • Aging well has been the topic of interest for years and there are many suggestions for successful aging. This article shares what we know, but also may provide some new insight into how aging well can be achieved. Either way, it is a good reminder! Read what neuroscientist David Levitin says about aging well

Mixed Media

Take Action

  • 2020 will be a very consequential election year for many reasons, including health care coverage and benefits for Medicaid. If you are not already registered to vote, DO SO! And, if you have time and interest, volunteer for a campaign of your choice to help make a difference.  
  • As mentioned under announcements………..Please fill out the survey! We thank you so much for your thoughts. 

We look forward to seeing you in March,

Barbara Friedman and Colleen Morrissey, Boston Bridge Board Members