Monthly Scoop: December 2016

The Monthly Scoop:

A big thank you to everyone who came out Wedesday night for our Boston Bridge Conversations! We had thoughtful conversations on everything from eradicating ageism, to attracting more people to the field of aging, to innovations we’d like to see in the field of aging itself.  

For Our January Meeting:

  • Membership Dues
    • Boston Bridge relies on membership dues to support our ongoing growth and promote the sustainability of our organization. We are now collecting annual dues to begin or continue as a member. Annual membership dues are $30 for professionals and $20 for students. Please bring your dues to our next meeting.
  • January Speaker:
    • We are excited to welcome Dr. Chaiwoo Lee, a research scientist at the MIT AgeLab, to our next meeting on Wednesday, January 18th. Dr. Lee will be reporting to us her findings from a recently completed study on family caregiving.
  • 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:

  • The Boston Bridge Entrepreneur Affinity Group meets the first Wednesday of every month. Check the Boston Bridge website for details.
  • If you would like to be featured on our Careers page, please email us at, with the subject “Careers Page“. Please include a short blurb and photo. Remember, Boston Bridge networking is a great way to find new jobs!
  • Have a suggestion for The Monthly Scoop? Please send any article, resource, or mixed media suggestions to, with the subject “Scoop Suggestion“.
  • Know of a job opening in the field of aging? Please send any job openings to, with the subject “Job Listing
  • The next official meeting of the Boston Bridge Book Club will be in April, 2017, date and time to be determined. If you want to get a head start on your reading, the April book will be “Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories that Heal” by Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen.  


  • Do you want to be healthier as you age? Do you want to have a better quality of life, including better mental health and social wellbeing? Research shows that participatory arts opportunities can offer both benefits.
  • Kittens need constant care. Older adults need a sense of purpose. Find out what happened next when baby kittens were brought to a memory care facility in Arizona.
  • Have you ever wished you could make a supported setting more home-like? Have you ever seen residents struggle to remember which apartment is theirs? Learn about one creative idea you might consider. 
  • What would it look like if there were no ageism? What are the symptoms of ageism? How can we view aging as an opportunity? What work is being done to eradicate ageism? Read more here
  • The failure of Eli Lilly’s experimental Alzheimer’s drug, Sola, in a large clinical trial, may suggest that Alzheimer’s disease is more complicated than originally thought. Read more here
  • MIT scientists have a new approach to stopping the progression of Alzheimer’s disease—an approach that does not involve medicine. Curious
  • Despite the dangers of diseases, older adults are under-vaccinated. Click here to find out why. 
  • For NYU students looking to reduce housing costs, a new opportunity is coming in the fall: living in the spare bedroom of a local older adult. Learn more about the pilot here
  • Texas experiences more natural disasters each year than any other state. Learn how older adults are partnering with relief efforts as secondary responders.
  • Read the amazing life story of 98-year-old yoga celebrity Täo Porchon-Lynch.

Mixed Media

  • In last month’s scoop, we linked to a story about four-year-old Nora befriending 82-year-old Dan in the grocery store. Click here to see a moving video of Nora and Dan’s first encounter and ongoing friendship. 
  • Looking for a job after 50? Listen to WBUR’s “On Point” examine the options for older adults (re) entering the job market later in life. You might be surprised by their findings.
  • Watch a video of Täo Porchon-Lynch’s age-defying ballroom dancing routine performed on “America’s Got Talent” last year. 
  • We talk a lot about working with older adults. What’s it like to be a family caregiver? Listen to Safe Space Radio’s poignant special about the stories and journeys of caregivers for people with dementia. 

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

We look forward to seeing many of you in January!

~Ilana Klarman and the Boston Bridge Board