Monthly Scoop: April 2017

The Monthly Scoop:

A big thank you to Jody Gastfriend for highlighting the growing number of family caregivers and the ways in which technology in general, and in particular, can help take a confusing situation and come up with actionable steps to support caregivers and care recipients.

For Our May Meeting:

  • May Speaker:
    • We look forward to welcoming Deborah Pierce, founder of Pierce Lamb architects and author of “The Accessible Home: Designing for All Ages and Abilities”, to our next meeting on Wednesday, May 17th. Deborah will be talking about universal design and how to make homes livable throughout our lifespan.
  • Room Change:
    • Please note, on May 17th we will be meeting in Room 450, instead of the usual Room 350. Room 450 is on the 4th floor of the Sloan School of Management.
  • New Parking Lot:
    • As a reminder, here is a link to information about our new parking lot, as well as updated directions on how to get to the meeting room.

Boston Bridge Announcements:

  • Keep an eye out for a special announcement from the board! Separate email coming soon.
  • Reminder: our June meeting is a members only, professional development meeting. It is also an opportunity to contribute ideas for the future of Boston Bridge. It is not too late to join.
    • Please visit our website for information on how to become a member of Boston Bridge. You can also speak with Kelly Marcella at our next meeting. Feel free to email us with any questions.
  • In case you haven’t heard, our application for 501c3 status has been approved! We are officially a nonprofit. Know of any grant opportunities that seem applicable to Boston Bridge? Please email us!


  • Do you want to combat ageism? There is a new toolkit with empirically tested suggestions for combating ageism! For an overview, click here.
  • Governor Charlie Baker recently established a new Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts, with the goal of making Massachusetts the most age-friendly state. Click here for the press release.
  • Only 15-30% of people who need hearing aids get them. Average cost? $2,300 per hearing aid. A new bill with bipartisan support would allow hearing aids to be sold much cheaper.
  • New rules will require home health agencies to involve the person they are caring for in the plan of care. They will also have to inform the patient, caregivers, and medical team of any care plan changes.
  • What is decisional capacity? How is decision-making capacity determined? Is it a medical or legal determination? Is decision-making capacity static? How does it differ from incompetence?
  • What do you do when you are concerned about an older adult, yet don’t want to meddle? Last month we shared a related article about a local tragedy. Here is a recent Boston Globe article with advice and resources.
  • Long-term care insurance premiums are on the rise. Massachusetts regulators are working to protect consumers. Will it be enough?
  • Do you know someone who seems older than their age, or younger than their age would suggest? According to a recent study, the discrepancy between our actual and biological age may lie in our DNA.
  • The number of grandparents in the United States is on the rise! Well over a third of adults 30 years and older are grandparents!
  • What if noise-induced hearing loss could be restored? Learn about the new startup Frequency Therapeutics and how they plan to help ears heal themselves.

Mixed Media

  • Jody Gastfriend mentioned Laurie Orlov’s Aging In Place Technology Watch blog: “market research that provides thought leadership, analysis and guidance about technologies and services that enable boomers and seniors to remain longer in their home of choice.”
  • Jody also mentioned Genworth‘s Annual Survey, which shows cost of care for older adults by state and region.
  • Click here and scroll all the way down to watch a video on “Living Apart Together” relationships, or LAT. This increasingly more common type of commitment is currently being studied.
  • In Zimbabwe, respected grandmothers sit on “friendship benches” and offer informal therapy sessions to people too afraid to seek psychiatric help. Watch this video to learn more.

Please note, we are constantly adding eventsannouncements, and job openings to our website.

We look forward to seeing many of you in May!
~Ilana Klarman and the Boston Bridge Board