Monthly Scoop: October 2015

Thank you to Senator Pat Jehlen for joining us and telling us about her work and how we as emerging professionals can help forward the senior agenda in the State House!

Next Meeting

Please join us on Wednesday, November 18 as we hear from Tim Boon who works at Good Shepherd Community Care, where he will talk about the all-important topic of palliative and hospice care.

Boston Bridge’s Book Club, December 2nd, Being Mortal

Our first ever book club will take place on Wednesday, December 2, at a Panera near you. Stay tuned for more details, but if you plan on attending, you better start reading Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal!

Other Upcoming Events

The MIT AgeLab, who we are lucky to be affiliated with, has a program called OMEGA, whose mission is to “support the development and growth of student programs and clubs that connect high school students with older adults.”  OMEGA also offers scholarships to students for their work in the following categories as they relate to aging initiatives: transportation and community, technology, and social connectivity.

The OMEGA summit is on Saturday, November 7 and the attached flyer provides more details for any high schoolers you know who may be interested in this program.

On Tuesday, November 17 from 6-8:15 at Shriner’s Hospital in Boston, the Early Careerist Network of the American College Healthcare Executives of MA is hosting a panel called Leadership Development for Developing Leaders.

The Boston Encore Expo is right before our next meeting on Wednesday, November 18 from 12-6pm at Boston College.

On Thursday, November 19 from 5-7pm, Mount Pleasant Home in Jamaica Plain is hosting their annual networking event for elder care professionals. Please see attached for more info.

Articles and Other Media 

This article talks about the importance and under-representation of geriatricians and exposure of older patients to medical students.

This NY Times article reports on the informal caregiving that goes on with so many of our seniors.

Our former host Generations Incorporated was featured in the AARP Bulletin here!

We all know that with aging can come chronic conditions and pain, and this article talks about a study that looks at the correlation of knee osteoarthritis and feeling useful in one’s old age.

I never expected to write this, but here is an article from Playboy magazine about how ageism is still an acceptable form of prejudice in our society.

We have not talked to much about disability (and we always have to be careful not to conflate aging with disability) BUT this shortvideo shows a clever tactic for preserving handicapped parking spots for those that need them.


We were thrilled to have so many new and familiar faces on Wednesday. We look forward to more of that on the 18th!



Next meeting:

November 18, 2015
Tim Boon, CEO
Good Shepherd Community Care