Monthly Scoop: November 2017

The Monthly Scoop:

Thank you to Len Fishman, Director of the UMass Boston Gerontology Institute, for speaking with us about the trends, opportunities, and challenges of the longevity bonus with regards to demographics, health care, housing, and gerontechnology.

Len spoke of the need to make health care minimally competent in caring for older adults, and suggested a book with a call for action to make this possible. Len also recommended an article on obstacles to changing how health care operates.

For Our December Meeting:

  • December Discussions
    • We look forward to engaging together in our annual Boston Bridge Conversations next month! Click here to learn more.
  • Membership Dues:
    • It’s time for yearly membership dues. You can now conveniently pay online! Annual membership dues are $30 for professionals and $20 for students.

Boston Bridge Announcements:

  • December Date Change:
    • Please note, our December meeting will take place on Wednesday, December 13th, the second Wednesday of December (rather than the third Wednesday of the month).
  • Scholarship Opportunity:
    • Click here to learn how to apply for the Jordan Liebhaber Scholarship Fund. Jordan was a founding member of Boston Bridge. Please consider applying for this generous opportunity to help make the world a better place for older adults.


  • Learn how a drug company pushed its product onto nursing home residents with dementia, despite a lack of research with this population.
  • Prepare to be inspired: Meet 101-year-old Bobbie Rose.
  • Discover how robots are helping older adults with everything from reminders to communication.
  • Read how the Village model affords older adults the opportunity to live in community.
  • Click here to learn why Bill Gates is investing $50 million in Alzheimer’s research.
  • United by a common passion, older aviators from the Cape Area Pilots Association get together for their weekly breakfast.
  • How do you identify a missing person if they have dementia? Readabout a 1975 cold case and its recent resolution at a Lowell nursing home.

Mixed Media

  • Watch this incredible docu-musical featuring older adults in New Zealand who are making their own coffins.
  • It’s time for The Great Thanksgiving Listen: an opportunity for kids to interview older adults in their lives using the StoryCorps App.
  • WBUR highlights technology designed to support and enhance the lives of older adults and their caregivers. Note the interview with Dr. Joseph Coughlin, director of the MIT AgeLab, and the mention of his new book: The Longevity Economy.
  • Looking for a way to support an older adult in staying engaged, connected, and active? Watch this video about a robot named ELLI•Q.
  • With increasing options in interactive and engaging technologies built for older adults, how do you decide what would be a good fit? A new tool by LeadingAge can help.
  • Check out this online store geared toward older adults with changing needs.
  • How do you let millennials know that working with older adults is a great career choice? Research suggests using video (scroll to the bottom of the page).
  • What matters most when your days are numbered? How do you want to live? How do you want to die? A new documentary explores these questions.

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

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