Monthly Scoop: November 2018

The Monthly Scoop:

Thank you to founder and past president of Boston Bridge Barbara Friedman for speaking with us about addressing social needs and public policy issues through intergenerational initiatives.

For Our December Meeting:

  • December Discussions
    • We look forward to engaging together in our annual Boston Bridge Conversations at our next meeting! The discussion topics will be:
      • What challenges do older adults face in navigating healthcare? How can we improve this experience?
      • In dementia care, is dignity or happiness more of a priority? Is there a way to have both?
      • How do we create environments that foster natural intergenerational connections?
  • Membership Dues:
    • It’s time for annual membership dues: $30 for professionals and $20 for students. Our dues cycle is from September 2018 through June 2019. You can conveniently pay online.


  • The President has declared November to be National Family Caregiver’s Month. Check out the Executive Office of Elder Affairs’ new Family Caregiver Support Program.
  • The Department of Homeland Security has announced proposed changes to the “public charge” rule related to immigration. Learn about the potential impact for older immigrants and immigrant caregivers.
  • Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has dementia. Read her letter to “friends and fellow Americans”, openly sharing this news.
  • Learn how Best Buy is working to attract an older customer base.
  • For more examples of companies targeting an older audience with new technology and product design, check out this piece by MIT AgeLab’s Joe Coughlin and Luke Yoquinto.

Mixed Media

  • Watch this moving documentary about the Louisiana State Penitentiary’s prison hospice program, where inmates volunteer to care for fellow prisoners.
  • Guess who just turned 90? Celebrations are underway in honor of Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday, including this primetime special, an art show, and a Marc Jacobs fashion line.
  • Listen to this NPR interview with the director and co-star of The Waverly Gallery, a Broadway show now starring 86-year-old Elaine May. The show portrays the impact of Alzheimer’s on one family.
  • Watch how one nurse makes a big difference in the life of her hospice patient.

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