Monthly Scoop: October 2016

The Monthly Scoop:

A big thank you to Harriet Warshaw, Executive Director of The Conversation Project, and her colleague, Zack Rubin, for helping us to think about how we want to live the end of our own lives. Harriet and Zack presented on The Conversation Project’s public engagement campaign to ensure that everyone’s end of life wishes are both expressed and respected. 

For Our November Meeting:

  • Please Note—New Parking Lot:
    • The Hayward Lot is no longer available to us. Luckily, we have an even closer lot available that we can use: The Tang lot, located at 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA 02142. See E51 on the map.
  • November Speaker:
    • We are excited to welcome Beth Soltzberg, Director of the Alzheimer’s/Related Disorders Family Support Program at Jewish Family and Children’s Services, to our next meeting on November 16th. Beth will be discussing the Memory Café movement. 
  • Please RSVP!
    • Our meeting last night was jam-packed! Thank you all for coming! Please be sure to RSVP for our next meeting on November 16th so we can make sure to have enough chairs and food. The RSVP email will be sent out closer to our next meeting.

Boston Bridge Events:

  • The Boston Bridge Entrepreneur Affinity Group is will have its inaugural meeting on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016. The group will be meeting at Panera Bread in Coolidge Corner at 7:00 pm. Click here for more information, and click here to RSVP. 
  • The Boston Bridge Book Club will be meeting on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016. The group will be meeting at Panera Bread in Coolidge Corner at 6:30 pm to discuss “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi. Click here for more information, and click here to RSVP.   

Upcoming Events:

  • ACHE (American College of Healthcare Executives) of Massachusetts is hosting its fall conference, “A Forum on Healthcare Innovation”, on November 3rd, 2016 at 7:00 am at the Sheraton Needham. Click here to learn more. 
  • The Massachusetts Gerontology Association’s Fall Policy Forum, Justice for Older Adults: Collaborative Approaches, will be held on November 4th, 2016 at 9:00 am at the Nonprofit Center, 89 South Street, Boston, MA. Click here for more details.
  • Know Your Rights/Plan Your Options: A Panel Discussion for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Older Adults, is a free event presented by Metro East Alzheimer’s Partnership. The event will take place  at 163 Gore Street in Cambridge, MA on November 5th, 2016 at 11:00 am. Click here for more information.

Scholarship Opportunity:

  • Click here for the latest application for the Jordan Liebhaber Scholarship Fund. A number of Boston Bridge members have been recipients of this scholarship. Please consider applying for this generous opportunity to help make the world a better place for older adults. 


  • Working with older adults means that we are often under the spectre of death. This article offers concrete advice on how to interact with those who are grieving, no matter their age.
  • Learn about a newly issued rule that prevents nursing homes receiving funding from Medicare and Medicaid from requiring residents to resolve issues in arbitration rather than in court.
  • Bloomberg Businessweek highlights the latest research in Europe on robots that can help older adults to live better and more independently. 
  • Is there a limit to how long humans can live? A new study, reviewed by Science, suggests there may be a fixed limit to the maximum number of years a human being can live. 
  • In Massachusetts, 61% of elders living alone are unable to afford basic necessities. Compared with other states, we have the second highest percentage of economically insecure older adults living alone. Click here for the full report.
  • Learn about an outside-the-box design for nursing homes. Be prepared to be amazed! 
  • Did you know that older adults are at a greater risk for suicide than young adults or teenagers? Learn about risk factors and warning signs here
  • In last month’s Scoop we shared an article on loneliness as a major health concern for older adults. Blog posts by Hebrew SeniorLife and Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research highlight the importance of community living.
  • A Times reporter shares the role baseball has played in his relationship with his mother—a consistent point of connection, even as her Alzheimer’s progressed. 

Mixed Media

  • Hear the voice of Direct Caregivers in the blog, CNA Edge: A Voice from the Trenches of Long Term Care. The writers’ poignant posts are intended to stimulate debate and discussion. 
  • Why did police arrest a 102-year-old woman? Clear here to find out. 

Boston Bridge Needs Your Help!

  • 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“.

We look forward to seeing many of you in November!

~Ilana Klarman and the Boston Bridge Board