Monthly Scoop: June 2017

The Monthly Scoop:

A big thank you to Margaret Leipsitz for helping us to make the time to focus on our careers and begin to think about how to move forward.

Boston Bridge Announcements:

  • We want to recognize two of our board members who have completed their terms: Katie Kelley, our secretary, and Kelly Marcella, our treasurer. Katie and Kelly have played important roles in helping Boston Bridge get to where we are today. Katie kept us focused and organized, and documented everything meticulously. Kelly was the go-to for new members, and kept excellent track of our finances. We thank Katie and Kelly for their contributions!
  • We are happy to announce that Sue Berger and Laura Juitt have joined the Boston Bridge board. We welcome Sue as our new secretary and Laura as our new treasurer.
  • Boston Bridge monthly meetings will resume in September. We hope you all have a good summer and look forward to seeing you in the fall!  Please note, we will continue to update our job board and events page, and we will be answering the Boston Bridge email account in the interim.
  • Though Boston Bridge is not meeting over the summer, the Boston Bridge Entrepreneur Affinity Group is! The group will next meet on Wednesday, July 12th. Click here for details.

Other Announcements:

  • The Aging and Cognition Laboratory at Brandeis University is seeking research participants, ages 59-99. Click here for more information. Please feel free to share with anyone you know who might be interested.


  • The House health care bill proposes major cuts to Medicaid. This New York Times article summarizes the potential impact on nursing home residents.
  • Many low-income older adults don’t know about programs in place to help them. Learn about the National Council on Aging’s “You Gave, Now Save: A Guide to Benefits for Seniors”.
  • Why does language matter? What words and phrases might be considered ageist? Read this LeadingAge article to find out.
  • Could cannabis improve cognition? A recent study found that giving cannabis to older mice led to changes in their brains on a molecular level—changes for the better.
  • The growing number of older adults looking to downsize means a lot of family heirlooms up for grabs. The trouble is, the kids aren’t taking them. Read more here.
  • Do you know the signs and symptoms of elder abuse? Since 2011, there has been a 37% increase in reports of elder abuse in Massachusetts.
  • The percentage of Americans over age 65 working or job searching is the highest it’s been in 55 years, and will continue to rise. Learn more here.
  • Falls are the most common cause of accidental death in older adults. Learn about programs and tips to prevent falls.

Mixed Media

  • Listen to the story of John Shields who died openly on his own terms under Canada’s “medical assistance in dying” program. If you prefer the text version with video interspersed, click here.
  • Could the design of your living space impact your longevity? Watch this New York Times 360 video of a Reversible Destiny loft in Tokyo. Intrigued? Click here to learn more.
  • People in their 90s can be full of vim and vigor too! Check out this trailerfor a new documentary on vibrant older adults ages 90 and over. Click here for a review.
  • Robert is 68 years old and homeless. Watch this video to hear Robert’s story.
  • Watch this call to action by Dr. Atul Gawande, urging us to write our own script for our lives and to set our own goals, from now until we die.
  • Check out this slideshow highlighting similarities and differences between end of life preferences and perceptions of older adults in four countries.

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

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