Monthly Scoop: March 2017

The Monthly Scoop:

A big thank you to Andrea Cohen and Aline Russotto for highlighting the tremendous value of having a mentor last Wednesday evening. Andrea and Aline spoke of a mentor as someone who believes you can do what you think you can’t; someone who helps put things in perspective; and someone with whom you feel relentless trust. 

Here is the essay on mentorship by Aline Russotto that Barbara referenced in her introductions. Interested in being connected with a mentor in the field of aging? Learn more about our mentorship program.

For Our April Meeting:

  • April Speaker:
    • We look forward to welcoming Jody Gastfriend, Vice President of Senior Care at, to our next meeting on Wednesday, April 19th. Jody will be talking about older adults and technology.  
  • Room Change:
    • Please note, on April 19th 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. 

The MIT AgeLabScholarship Opportunity: 

  • Know any high school juniors or seniors working to create multigenerational connections in their communities? Tell them about The OMEGA scholarship. Applications are due by March 31, 2017.

Boston Bridge Events:

  • The next official meeting of the Boston Bridge Book Club will be Thursday, April 13th, at 6:00 pm at the Coolidge Corner Panera (299 Harvard Street, Brookline). Rachel Caraviello is leading a discussion on the book “Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories that Heal” by Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen.
  • The Boston Bridge Entrepreneur Affinity Group will next meet Wednesday, May 3. Check the Boston Bridge website for details.

Boston Bridge Announcements:

  • Reminder: our June meeting is a members only, professional development meeting. It is also an opportunity to contribute ideas for the future of Boston Bridge. It is not too late to join
    • 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. 
  • In case your haven’t heard, 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!


  • Medical marijuana use is on the rise among older adults, leaving researchers and facilities with many unanswered questions. Learn more here
  • Caring for a loved one can be particularly difficult when that care is needed sooner than expected. Read more about the challenge of what researchers call “off-time events.” 
  • What do you do when you’re concerned about an older adult living in their own home? How do you support someone who wants to be isolated? These tricky questions can have devastating consequences, as a recently reported local tragedy demonstrates. 
  • While Americans overall are having less sex than in decades past, older adults are actually having more sex, according to a recently published study.
  • A new law legislates that Israelis over 80 may cut to the front of the line. 
  • In the age of eBooks and library budget cuts, it’s becoming harder and harder to find a home for used books. What happens to beloved book collections when the owner dies? 
  • Learn how selfless service has empowered nursing home residents with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and MS to find purpose and meaning in their lives.
  • What would repealing the Affordable Care Act mean for older adults? Click here to find out. 
  • How does film portray aging? And what impact does this portrayal have on older adults? A recent report by Humana and the Annenberg Institute reveals striking and disheartening results. 
  • From person-centered care to person-centered living: understand how and why memory support facilities around the country have changed their approach.
  • What role can humor play at the end of life?

Boston Bridge Needs Your Help!:

  • 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

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

We look forward to seeing many of you in April!

~Ilana Klarman and the Boston Bridge Board