Monthly Scoop: February 2017

The Monthly Scoop:

A big thank you to Dr. Schreiber for expanding our thinking about what it would take to build a sustainable healthcare system that could meet the needs of older adults, and society in general, in the years to come.

For Our March Meeting:

  • Membership Dues
    • Please visit our website for information on how to become a member of Boston Bridge. You can also speak with Kelly Marcella at our meetings. Feel free to email us with any questions. 
  • March Mentor Madness:
    • We are thrilled to welcome Andrea Cohen, Co-founder & CEO of HouseWorks, Kathleen McInnes-Dittrich, Associate Professor and Chair of the Older Adults and Families Concentration at the Boston College School of Social Work, and Aline Russotto, Executive Director of Orchard Cove, to our March Mentor Madness panel on Wednesday, March 15th. 
  • Room Change:
    • Please note, on March 15th 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 Announcement:

  • We have exciting news! 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! 
  • The Boston Bridge Entrepreneur Affinity Group meets the first Wednesday of every month. Check the Boston Bridge website for details.
  • The next official meeting of the Boston Bridge Book Club will be Thursday, April, 13th. See our events page 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


  • Want to live longer and healthier? Drink coffee. Learn why here
  • Did you know there’s a way to use Uber without a smart phone? Learn about GoGoGrandparent—making services like Uber and Lyft more age-friendly.
  • Trying to understand the recent revision of nursing home regulations? This article gives an overview of the changes and their potential impact.
  • The Massachusetts state budget included $35.5 million in raises for nursing home workers. Wondering how the money was spent? You’re not alone.
  • Did you know that exercise can help alleviate the symptoms of Parkinson’s and slow the disease’s progression? Read about many different fitness regimens designed for people with Parkinson’s. 
  • Have you heard the saying “sitting is the new smoking”? It seems being sedentary also correlates with being biologically older than your actual age. Read more here
  • Read about the value of incremental care in this article by Dr. Atul Gawande. It applies not only to older adults, but to all age groups. 

Mixed Media

  • Last month we shared a story about B.J. Miller—the public ambassador of death and dying. Watch his TED talk on “What really matters at the end of life”.
  • PBS’ documentary “Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts” can be viewed for free. This call to action documentary highlights Alzheimer’s as a public health crisis. 
  • In response to PBS’ documentary, ChangingAging writes that the documentary’s focus on the tragedy narrative of dementia leaves out those living with dementia and how to help them live better lives. 
  • Another PBS documentary, “Aging Matters: Living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia”, shares personal stories of people living with dementia and their caregivers as well as the need to develop better models of care. 
  • Chris Salvatore, 31, recently lost his best friend, Norma. Norma was 89. Watch this moving tribute to their friendship. 
  • Unity Biotechnology is working to dramatically extend our “healthspan”: the amount of time we live without pain or disease. Click here 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 March!

~Ilana Klarman and the Boston Bridge Board