Monthly Scoop: November 2016

The Monthly Scoop:

A big thank you to Beth Soltzberg, Director of Alzheimer’s/Related Disorders Family Support Program at Jewish Family and Children’s Services, for sharing with us on Wednesday the purpose, history, and benefits of memory cafés. Beth highlighted how memory cafés can provide a form of respite for caregivers, an opportunity for social connections for all who attend, and a stigma-free, strengths-focused environment.

For Our December Meeting:

  • Please Note–Date Change!
    • Our December Meeting will take place on Wednesday, December 14th, the second Wednesday of December (rather than the third Wednesday of the month).
  • December Topic:
    • Please join us on Wednesday, December 14th for our annual BBC – Boston Bridge Conversations. We will have small group discussions followed by extended networking time and home-cooked food made by the board.
  • 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. 

Boston Bridge Announcements:

  • The Boston Bridge Entrepreneur Affinity Group will have its next meeting on Wednesday, December 7th, 2016. More information will be posted here regarding timing, location, and how to RSVP. 
  • 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 a headshot. 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“.


  • Virtual reality can significantly increase nursing home residents’ desire to exercise, according to a recent study in Denmark. Click here to learn more. 
  • There’s a new kind of Airbnb on the rise: The Freebird Club. Just for adults over 50, the Freebird Club offers a place to stay–with a welcoming host.
  • Have you ever heard anyone compare older adults with children? Click here to better understand why such comparisons are detrimental, and to learn about other stereotypes of older adults that can lead to ageism. 
  • Do you remember when women couldn’t vote? The women whose stories are highlighted on the website “I Waited 96 Years” certainly do. Read about how the website came to be.
  • How do we want to live as we age? Hebrew SeniorLife’s President and CEO, Lou Woolf, writes about the need to focus on “living our best lives.” 
  • What is the future of retirement communities? According to a recent New York Times article, the future is “aging in community”–a walkable, urban community. 
  • How will technology support older adults in living independently? Dr. Lisa D’Ambrosio, a Research Scientist at the MIT AgeLab, speaks to this question in a recent interview.
  • Senior Centers are getting a makeover as fun, hip cafés and longevity clubs that help people feel ageless, make connections, and find purpose. Some are even going virtual! Learn more here.

Mixed Media

  • A picture is worth a thousand words. Take a look at this picture to learn a life lesson from an older adult.
  • Speaking of pictures, this article and the photos interspersed throughout really bring this heartwarming, intergenerational story to life. Be forewarned, you might need a tissue.
  • And for one last piece full of pictures, read about photographer Marna Clarke’s decision to photograph herself and her partner–both older adults–in the nude.
  • Watch a video of “The Hottest Grandpa”–80-year-old Chinese model, Deshun Wang–sharing his inspirational story. Read more about Mr. Wang here
  • How can I make a difference? 79-year-old Abby Cohen asked herself this question. Click here to find out what she did next. Using a mobile phone? Click here to view the video without the article. 

We are constantly adding events and announcements to our website, so be sure to take a look throughout the month. We look forward to seeing many of you in December!

~Ilana Klarman and the Boston Bridge Board