Monthly Scoop: December 2017

The Monthly Scoop:

A big thank you to everyone who came out Wednesday night for our Boston Bridge Conversations! We had thoughtful conversations on Future Care: advanced directives and end of life care, and Extending the Individual Healthspan through purpose, social connections, and physical activity.

For Our January Meeting:

  • January Speaker
    • We look forward to welcoming Philippe Saad, Associate Principal architect at DiMella Shaffer, to our next meeting on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018.
  • Membership Dues:
    • It’s time for yearly membership dues. You can now conveniently pay online! Annual membership dues are $30 for professionals and $20 for students.


  • Read this Boston Globe Magazine article on Vitalize 360 and the role it plays in helping older adults to articulate what matters most to them and to set goals for living their best life.
  • The Massachusetts Medical Society voted this month to have a neutral stance on medical aid-in-dying, after rescinding opposition to physician-assisted suicide. Read more here.
  • The holidays offer time to gather with family and share what matters most, our values, and our end of life wishes. This NPR articlesuggests resources for having the conversation.
  • The National Funeral Directors’ Association’s annual convention was held in Boston last month. Learn about some of the latest innovations in the funeral industry, extending far beyond coffins.
  • Many older adults turn to 911 for help. In Massachusetts, a 911 call means a trip to the emergency room. Learn about a mobile integrated health pilot program that allows emergency medical technicians to respond and provide care to participants at home.
  • Do you think people with dementia should be able to decline spoon-feeding in the moment? What if they declined it years ahead of needing to be spoon-fed? Read thoughts on both sides.
  • Next Avenue reviews a new book, Nomadland, about transient older adults in America who live in RVs and drive to different seasonal low wage, benefit-less jobs.
  • Tis the season for setting New Years Resolutions. Read about a diet that might reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s.
  • Read the results of a national study on use of neighborhood parks. Learn what parks can do to attract more older adults.
  • This New York Times article explains the history behind and reality of “lonely deaths” in Japan, where extreme isolation of older adults is commonplace.

Mixed Media

  • Why is it difficult to eradicate ageism? This New Yorker article does a deep dive into ageism. Listen to the audio version, or read the article, here.
  • Check out this short video: a relatable acknowledgement of how hard it can be to talk about end of life care, and how The Conversation Project can help.
  • Watch how a family turned a devastating diagnosis into an opportunity to celebrate life with their newly adopted older dog. What if we did this with older adults in our lives?
  • What promises do hospices make? What regulations are in place? Click here to watch a video interview of one widow’s experience, and read the accompanying article.
  • How do you talk about the care needs of older adults in your life? How do you involve your aging loved one in the conversation? Listen to this recently aired On Point by NPR.
  • Check out “Being Heard“—a blog that challenges how we think about aging.

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