Monthly Scoop: October 2018

The Monthly Scoop:

Thank you to local writer and community activist Marian Knapp for speaking and engaging us in a conversation about deconstructing ageism.

Boston Bridge Announcement:

  • Our December Boston Bridge Conversations will be here before we know it! Please take a moment to complete this brief survey on discussion topics.

For Our November Meeting:

  • Date Change
    • Please note, our next meeting will be on November 14th. This is the second Wednesday in November.
  • November Speaker
    • We look forward to welcoming our very own Barbara Friedman, founder and past president of Boston Bridge, to speak at our next meeting about addressing social needs through intergenerational initiatives.
  • 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.


  • What matters most when supporting someone with dementia: their dignity, or their happiness? How do we make their present lives more meaningful? Can nostalgic environments play a role? Read/listen here.
    • This is an example of a nostalgic environment intended to support people with dementia in living lives with both dignity and happiness.
  • More than 20 medical schools in the U.S. now have efforts underway to combat ageism. Learn how schools are approaching this issue.
  • In the U.S. one in five nursing home beds is empty and 200-300 nursing homes are closing each year. What impact might this have on nursing homes that aren’t closing?
  • What’s the worst thing that could happen to you as you age? How could you prepare yourself to handle it if you were an elder orphan?
  • One year ago we highlighted the Intergen Coshare Pilot Program in Boston and featured Nesterly as one of the partners. Check out this Globe article with the latest on Nesterly.

Mixed Media

  • What happens if someone sentenced to death decades ago now has dementia and no longer remembers their crime? Does the sentence still stand? Listen for more.
  • This year, the Topsfield Fair worked hard to be dementia friendly. Check out their dementia friendly fair map and learn more about their efforts here.
  • MedTech Boston aims to “highlight exciting medical innovation work.” Click here to see their top five picks for gerontechnology products.
  • Watch this video highlighting a Starbucks in Mexico City, staffed entirely by older adults.

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