Monthly Scoop: February 2018

The Monthly Scoop:

Thank you to Ginny Mazur, Community Partnership Director at Goddard House Assisted Living in Brookline, and Ruthann Dobek, Director of the Brookline Senior Center, for speaking with us about the tremendous value of community partnerships.

For Our March Meeting:

  • March Mentor Madness and Speaker
    • We will kick off our next meeting on Wednesday, March 21st by highlighting the value of mentoring and introducing an opportunity to shadow someone in the field of aging. We will then have the good fortune to hear from our very own Barbara Friedman, Boston Bridge President and Intergenerational Educator.
  • 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.

Upcoming Event

  • Hear Founder and Director of the MIT AgeLab, Dr. Joe Coughlin, discuss his new book: The Longevity Economy this Thursday, March 1st. Details and free tickets can be found here.


  • Worried about falling? The Dutch will teach you how. Read about new courses offered in the Netherlands that offer obstacle courses and practice falls.
  • The UK has appointed a new Minister of Loneliness. Click here to learn more.
  • Learn about CareCoach: a remote human caregiver who checks in and interacts with older adult clients via a pet avatar on a tablet.
  • Find out which states offer the best services and supports for family caregivers.
  • Have you heard of Cake? It’s a new software startup that makes planning your death as easy as, well, cake. Learn about the struggles this new startup is facing.
  • We’ve been sharing a number of articles about housing options for older adults. Co-housing takes a slightly different spin on community living. Learn more here.
  • Read why Dr. Bill Thomas, geriatrician and performer, believes change in how aging is perceived will come in time, and will come from outside the field of aging.

Mixed Media

  • Do you know someone who has a cognitive or physical condition that makes it challenging for them to dine out at a restaurant? If so, check out The Purple Table.
  • Have you seen the latest Pixar movie, Coco—a children’s movie that confronts death and dementia, music and memory? If you care about spoilers, I suggest you see Coco before reading this article and watching this clip.
  • In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, listen to this StoryCorps podcast on the relationships of three LGBT older adult couples in their later years.
  • Check out “Aging Unmasked”, a new Podcast series by LeadingAge. Their first episode is on sex and aging, and the second is on medical marijuana use among older adults.
  • Listen as On Point dives into “The Loneliness Epidemic”. On a related note, learn about one English town that is using community to combat loneliness and reduce emergency room visits.
  • Looking for a truly accessible hotel, restaurant, or entertainment venue? Check out this website.
  • Dianne Feinstein is the oldest member of the U.S. Senate, and at 84, she’s running for re-election. How old is too old to run for office? Should age even be a factor? Listen to the conversation.
  • Listen as Terry Gross of “Fresh Air” on NPR interviews John Leland, reporter and author of “Happiness is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old”.

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