Monthly Scoop – January 2016

A huge thank you to Elissa Sherman, president of LeadingAge MA, for leading a discussion on ways to grow and develop leaders in the aging industry, and for educating us on the array of pressing senior issues in the state.

Upcoming Events

Our next meeting is on February 17th at 6pm. The theme will be entrepreneurship and technology as it relates to seniors – more details to come!

In the meantime, we hope you will join our book club on Wednesday, February 3rd at 6:30 at Panera in Coolidge Corner. We will discuss the novel You Could Be Home By Now. Please email Ilana to RSVP.

And on the night of April 7, Boston Bridge will be co-sponsoring an event with Venture Cafe building upon February’s talk on technology and aging. More info to come, but note that it is at the Cambridge Innovation Center, which is across the street from the Sloan School!

Attached you will find a flyer for an event in March called “Assessing Decision-making Capacity: Balancing Autonomy and Protection in an Aging Society” hosted by the Soldier’s Home in Chelsea.

You can also stay up-to-date with our events on our website.

Articles, Articles

I have written once before about the Treehouse Community in Easthampton, MA, which is an inter-generational community primarily for foster and adoptive families. This Globe article provides a glimpse into life in this community, and the importance of the senior residents who live there.

Many of us are in the Millenial generation, and this article explores the intersection between Millenials and Baby Boomers in the workplace, especially in famously young sectors like the tech industry.

Here is the report on the White House Conference on Aging that occurred in July 2015. If you don’t have time for the whole report, take a look at the Executive Summary to see what will be in store over the coming years for us as professionals and our seniors!

This is a beautiful piece on six New Yorkers over the age of 85 who were followed for a year, and reflect on their past and present lives. Be sure to check out the short video included called “The Secret to a Long Life”.

AARP Magazine profiled a number of aging mobsters, and aptly titled the article “Oldfellas”.

More Magazine, which is aimed at women over the age of 40, featured this article about an intergenerational friendship as the 96 y.o. woman chooses to die on her own terms.

This one explores a disturbing trend of nursing home workers sharing photos of residents in vulnerable stages on social media.

Aging and Entertainment

In addition to my love of all things senior, I have a love for Hollywood, entertainment, and pop culture. This short article about the Golden Globes combines my interests!

Check out this dance ensemble that is made up of dancers over the age of 60.

My new favorite TV show is only on Netflix and it is called “Master of None”, starring Aziz Ansari of “Parks and Rec” fame. One of the episodes is simply called “Old People” and features Aziz’s character spending the day with his girlfriend’s grandmother. This article gives you a synopsis and analysis of the episode, and also talks about one of the featured “characters” – Paro – who was created in the MIT AgeLab!

Speaking of the MIT AgeLab, this article talks about the tricky issues that arise with technology for seniors. Boston Bridge will be exploring this topic over the coming months, so please read up!

Housing and Healthcare Glossary

I mentioned in last night’s meeting that Rita Kostiuk, Elise Selinger, and I put together a glossary of housing and healthcare terms with a focus on seniors in MA. We hope that this will be a useful guide for you and your colleagues, as I am sure many of you have to interact with one or both of these sectors in your work.

As always, please contact Kelly to renew your membership. And we will see many of you in February!