Monthly Scoop: May 2017

The Monthly Scoop:

Thank you to Deborah Pierce for helping us to see the role architecture plays in our safety, wellness, access, and happiness throughout our lives, and for helping us to understand that a disability is a mismatch between a person and their environment.

Visit Deb’s website to learn more about her work and her book: “The Accessible Home: Designing for All Ages & Abilities”.

For Our June Meeting:

  • June Speaker
    • We look forward to welcoming Margaret Leipsitz, Outreach and Engagement Coordinator for the Newton Department of Senior Services, to our members only meeting on Wednesday, June 21st. Margaret will be talking about “How to move forward: Making time to focus on your own career.”
  • Room Reminder:
    • Please note, on June 21st we will be meeting in Room 350 on the 3rd 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.

Boston Bridge Announcements:

  • We are still accepting nominations for the Board of Directors of Boston Bridge. The deadline to nominate yourself, or someone else, is Thursday, May 25th.
  • 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.


  • This article in The Economist highlights the discrepancy around the world between people’s end of life wishes and their end of life reality.
  • North Dakota is finding new and cost-effective ways to support people living with Alzheimer’s, as well as their direct caregivers. Read about the state’s innovative program.
  • A new day program for people with dementia is being built in San Diego. Glenner Town Square will be a completely immersive experience, taking Reminiscence Therapy to a new level.
  • Portland, Oregon is revolutionizing the tiny house movement by encouraging the building of Accessory (and accessible) Dwelling Units (ADUs), to help older adults age in community.
  • Medical Schools in Massachusetts are working together to come up with a way to teach students to talk to patients about their goals for care and end of life. Read more here.
  • When thinking about where to retire, what might you consider? Quality of life? Access to care? This article highlights the many websites ranking places based on your preferences.
  • Do you have a health care proxy? Do they know what matters most to you? Read how Hebrew SeniorLife has partnered with the MA Coalition for Serious Illness Care in working to make these conversations the norm.

Mixed Media

  • Do you know what makes your life worth living for? Paul Kalanithi did. Listen to Lucy Kalanithi’s TED Talk on “What makes life worth living in the face of death.”
  • SNL’s spoof ad for Amazon Echo Silver, designed for older adults, aired last Saturday on SNL. Funny? Offensive? Decide for yourself.
  • What if hearing aids looked like stylish ear buds? What if you could purchase them at your local drug store like reading glasses? Listen to this NPR clip to learn more.
  • 12-year-old Emma Yang won a 10 under 20 award for an app called “Timeless” that she developed to help people with Alzheimer’s recognize those around them and stay connected.
  • Hear what three Orchard Cove residents have to say about their journey in thinking through What Matters Most.
  • Click here to see all the inspiring and moving videos from the Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care Second Annual Summit.

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

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