Monthly Scoop: December 2018

A big thank you to everyone who came out last Wednesday for our Boston Bridge Conversations! We discussed the challenges older adults face in navigating healthcare, whether dignity or happiness is more of a priority in dementia care, and how to create environments that foster natural intergenerational connections. 


  • Now that winter is starting, please note our new snowstorm policy: if we need to cancel a Boston Bridge meeting due to weather, we will post an announcement on our website by 12:00 pm (noon) on the day of the meeting.  

For Our January Meeting:

  • One-Time Location Change
    • Our next meeting will be held at the MIT AgeLab, which is in the MIT Muckley Building, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA, Room 210. See our website for more detailed directions.
  • January Meeting
    • We look forward to an interactive walking tour of the MIT AgeLab at our next meeting! We will hear from AgeLab researchers, demo a few of their tools and technologies, and learn about opportunities to engage with the lab.
  • Membership Dues
    • It’s time for annual membership dues: $30 for professionals and $20 for students. Our dues cycle is from September 2018 through June 2019. You can conveniently pay online


  • What is the definition of “old”? The answer may not be so simple.
  • What happens to our brain as we grow older? How can we delay cognitive aging? Find out here
  • Want to know the key to enjoying old age? Read Boston Bridge speaker Jody Gastfriend’s article to find out.
  • recent study sheds some light on the benefits of lifelong exercise. 
  • How can our health care system broaden its focus to account for quality of life? Journalist Katy Butler has a few suggestions
  • Massachusetts is one of three age-friendly states. What does it mean for a state to be “age-friendly“?  

Mixed Media

  • Watch as these millennials change their mind about what it means to be old.
  • Listen to this short and sweet Kind World podcast about Lenny, a dementia-friendly barber.
  • Check out this trailer for “Care to Laugh“, a documentary about a comedian who brings his caregiving role to the stage. 
  • Where do older adults go to dance? In Brooklyn, it’s Jazz 966—a live jazz dance club for older adults. 

We look forward to seeing many of you in January. Happy New Year!
~Ilana Klarman, Boston Bridge Board Vice President