Monthly Scoop: January 2017

The Monthly Scoop:

A big thank you to Dr. Chaiwoo Lee, research scientist at the MIT AgeLab, for sharing her findings with us from her recent study on family caregiving. 

For Our February Meeting:

  • Membership 
    • 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. 
  • February Speaker:
    • We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Robert Schreiber, Medical Director of Evidence-based Programs at Hebrew SeniorLife, to our next meeting on Wednesday, February 15th. Dr Schreiber will be discussing whether we can build a sustainable healthcare system that meets the needs of older adults. 
  • 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. 


  • How do you want to die? Accordining to this New York Times opinion piece, our tendency to avoid thinking about death prevents us from thinking about what is meaningful in life. 
  • B.J. Miller is the voice of palliative care—the public ambassador of death and dying. Read Miller’s story. 
  • The Massachusetts Medical Society approved a contentious survey of its 25,000 physicians and medical students’ attitudes toward medical aid in dying, the Boston Globe reports
  • Could helping older adults stay connected with friends be as important as helping them get to their doctors appointments? Yes, according to this recent article
  • What does it mean to have quality of life? What if you have to depend on others for care? Is quality of life still possible? Steve Saling says absolutely! Read Steve’s story here.
  • At age 85, Ed Whitlock is the oldest person to run a marathon in under four hours. How does he do it? Click here to find out.
  • What happens when an aging workforce hits 65? What are companies to do? Read about phased retirement and its impact on companies and older workers alike. 
  • Where would you like to retire? The number of older adults retiring outside the United States is growing. Learn more about what’s behind the trend. 
  • Massachusetts police officers are now required to take dementia training. Firefighters and EMTs are being trained as well. Read more here
  • In this heartfelt essay, we hear loud and clear the love of a mother with dementia.

Mixed Media

  • A nursing home full of joy? Not an oxymoron at Providence Mount St. Vincent nursing home and day care center, where residents and toddlers spend their days together. Click here to see the magic. 
  • Antioquia, Colombia is home to the largest concentration of people with a rare genetic mutation leading to early onset Alzheimer’s. Learn about a study working to find a way to stop the disease. The story starts at 17:19.
  • Onlne dating isn’t just for the young. Listen to this recent Modern Love podcast, featuring an essay by writer Elinor Lipman. You can also read the essay here

Boston Bridge Announcements:

  • The Boston Bridge Entrepreneur Affinity Group meets the first Wednesday of every month. Check the Boston Bridge website 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
  • The next official meeting of the Boston Bridge Book Club will be in April, 2017, date and time to be determined. If you want to get a head start on your reading, the April book will be “Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories that Heal” by Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen.

Please note, we are constantly adding eventsannouncements, and job openings to our website.

We look forward to seeing many of you in February!

~Ilana Klarman and the Boston Bridge Board